Globalization and the Postmodern Condition (PSI 317)

Department of Political Science and International Relations

Instructor: Ass. Prof. Dr. Ebru Coban-Ozturk


Course Description:

Origins of modernity and different visions of Enlightenment will be the first introductory subject of the course. After defining debates about modernity and modernism, post industrial society, globalization, post modernism and post modernity will be dealt by the way of theory and practices in daily life. Moreover contemporary post modern developments in the society will be held in detail by touching on different examples.


Requirements of the Course:

Students of the course are expected to attend lectures and contribute to class discussions by reading necessary materials. There will be an annotation, a mid term and a final examination. Instead of taking the mid term exam, students may choose to write a term paper. Final grade will consist of the following:

Participation and attendance: 10%

Annotation: %20

Mid Term Exam: 30% (or term paper)

Final Exam: 40%       


Reading Assignments:

- George Ritzer, Postmodern Social Theory (New York: The McGraw-Hill Companies, 1997). (textbook of the course)

- Gerard Delanty, Modernity and Postmodernity: Knowledge, Power and the Self (London: Sage Publications, 2000).

- Krishan Kumar, From Post-Industrial to Post-Modern Society: New Theories of the Contemporary World, Second Edition (Oxford: blackwell Publishing, 2005).

- Jean-François Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge (Oxford: Manchester University Press, 1986).



- Marshal Berman, Kat覺 olan Her ey Buharla覺yor, Çeviren, Ümit Altu, Bülent Peker (襤stanbul: 襤letiim Yay覺nlar覺, 2004), 7. Bask覺.

-Peter Wagner, Modernliin Sosyolojisi: Özgürlük ve Cezaland覺rma, Çeviren, Mehmet Küçük (襤stanbul: Ayr覺nt覺 Yay覺nlar覺, 2005).

- Zygmunt Bauman, Modernlik ve Müphemlik, Çeviren, 襤smail Türkmen (襤stanbul: Ayr覺nt覺 Yay覺nlar覺, 2003).

- Anthony Giddens, Modernliin Sonuçlar覺, Çeviren Ersin Kudil (襤stanbul: Ayr覺nt覺 Yay覺nlar覺, 2004), 3. Bas覺m.

- Mehmet Küçük (der), Modernite Versus Postmodernite (Ankara: Vadi Yay覺nlar覺, 1993).


- Jean Baudrillard, Tüketim Toplumu, Çevirenler, Hazal Deliceçayl覺 ve Ferda Keskin (襤stanbul: Ayr覺nt覺 Yay覺nlar覺, 1997).

- Madan Sarup, Post Yap覺salc覺l覺k ve Post Modernizm, Çeviren, A. Baki Güçlü (Ankara: Bilim ve Sanat Yay覺nlar覺, 1997).

- Stuart Sim, Postmodern Düüncenin Eletirel Sözlüü, Çevirenler, Mukadder Erkan ve Ali Utku (Ankara: Ebabil, 2006).

- David Harvey, Postmodernliin Durumu, Çeviren, Sungur Savran (襤stanbul: Metis Yay覺nlar覺, 1997).

- Zygmunt Bauman, Küreselleme: Toplumsal Sonuçlar覺, Çeviren, Abdullah Y覺lmaz (襤stanbul: Ayr覺nt覺 Yay覺nlar覺, 1999).


Lecture Topics:

1- Emergence of Modernity

2- Discourses of Modernity: Enlightenment and Modernism

3- Industrial and Post Industrial Society

4- Information Society

5- Globalization

6- Post Modern Social Theory




7- Post Modernism and Social Application

          Post Modernism and Politics, Religion, Feminism and Architecture