Course Information



PSI 205


(2018-2019 Fall)


Prof. Dr. H. Bahadır Türk
Course Hours: Thursday 9:20-12:10.

The main purpose of this course is to examine the origins and development of contemporary political concepts such as power, state, freedom, justice, equality, representation, legitimacy and so forth. In reviewing these concepts, this course introduces students to major political thinkers, including Plato, Aristotle, Niccolo Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

This course surveys these major thinkers in Western Political Theory from the ancient Greek to the eighteenth century. Particular attention will be paid to the historical context of thinkers and concepts. The relationships and links between different conceptualisations will also be explored through the works of these monumental thinkers.