o PI (Political Ideologies: Theory & History)

About Distance Learning (Covid-19 update) 

As a result of a university level decision, starting from March 23, 2020 we will be doing our lectures online via distance learning. From this page you can reach the audio recording of each week’s lecture. Also, a copy of each week's presentation file that includes subtitles and major points will also be downloadable. I hope this course will add a color to your life in these difficult times. All the best!

Please follow the lectures from the pdf file while simultaneously listening to the audio.

Current Schedule

Week 1 - Introduction: About the Course and Political Ideologies (Introduction)

Week 2 -  Ideology: An Overview of the Concept - pdf

Weeks 3&4 - Liberalism - pdf

Weeks 5&6 - Socialism - pdf

Week 7 -  Conservatism - pdf

Week 8 -  Nationalism - pdf

Week 9 - Anarchism - pdf

Week 10 - Fascism - pdf

Week 11 - Feminism - pdf

Week 12 - Fundamentalism - pdf

Week 13 - Environmentalism - pdf

PI Exams Dates & Results - Bütünlemeler

PI                                Date & Time                                       Place                             Weight

Midterm                    April 29, 16.00                                 Online                           60%

Final                           June 16, 13.15                                    Online                           40%                                                     

Bütünleme                July 7, 17.00                                         Online                           40%

Important Notice

The final exam will include all topics covered during the term. In case there is an overlap of another Social Science Elective exam students should email me in order to take the second session that will start at 14.30.

Course Material

Throghout the semester we will be using two books as required reading. 

* Andrew Heywood, Political Ideologies: An Introduction. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, 5th edition or above.

* Kevin Bloor, The Definitive Guide to Political Ideologies. Milton Keynes: Author House, 2010. 

Please find the reading material only to be used for educational purposes from here and here.

About the Course


The aim of this course is to give an introduction to the general concept of ideology as well as the political ideologies of our time and the past century. For that purpose we will be analysing a diverse group of political ideologies including liberalism, socialism, fascism, feminism, ecologism and anarchism. The course will attempt to make the theory and the doctrine behind each ideology familiar for the student before giving the historical context from which the ideology is born. For some special weeks we will be watching films (documentaries) in order to bridge the gap between theory and history.

The students are obliged to attend the class sessions and are encouraged to actively participate in class discussions. They are also expected to ask any questions they might have about the subject matter including any part that they did not understand.

If you would like to have more detailed info, please download the course syllabus

Tentative Weekly Schedule

Week 1Introduction: About the Course and Political Ideologies (Introduction)

Week 2Liberalism (Chapter 1)

Week 3Liberalism (Chapter 1) BBC Documentary, People’s Century: “Skin Deep”

Week 4Socialism (Chapter 3)

Week 5Conservatism (Chapter 2) / Socialism (Chapter 3) BBC Documentary, People’s Century: “Red Flag”

Week 6Nationalism (Chapter 4) / Anarchism (Chapter 6)

Week 7Midterm I (tentative)

Week 8 Feminism (Chapter 5)

Week 9 -  Fascism (Chapter 7) 

Week 10Fascism (Chapter 7) / BBC Documentary, People’s Century: “Master Race”

Week 11Midterm II (tentative)

Week 12Religious Fundamentalism (Chapter 8) / Documentary: “Jesus Camp”

Week 13Ecologism (Chapter 9) / BBC Documentary, People’s Century: “Endangered Planet”

Week 14Multiculturalism (Chapter 10) 

Week 15Evaluation of the Term

Grading System

Grading system only for my group (group 1) of PI class is as follows:

100-84  AA

  83-77  BA

  76-70  BB

  69-63  CB

  62-55  CC

  54-47  DC

  46-40  DD

  39-30  FD

  29-0    FF