• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies, International Affairs, Middle East Studies, Central Asia Studies, Politics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Mustafa Yurtbilir
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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Turkey has a strategic position at the crossroads of several of the world's most critical regional complexes, such as the Middle East, Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia. As the successor of the Ottoman Empire, one of the longest surviving great empires in history, Turkey has historical, sociological, political and cultural ties with all of these regions. In addition as a G20 country Turkey has a large flourishing economy and increasing trade with foreign partners.
This course introduces students to the study of Turkish politics and foreign policy after the proclamation of Republic in 1923. The course will provide an overview of Turkish political parties and their ideologies against the background of sociological and cultural transformation of Turkish society. Students will analyse the Turkish case and explore issues such as the Ottoman legacy, power of bureaucracy and army, civilian-military relations, national identity, Islamism-post-Islamism debate, ethnic resistances to Turkish nation-building and current foreign policy positions of Turkey with surrounding regions and international organisations. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Identify the major issues, events, concepts and ideologies in Turkish politics.
  2. Understand and develop evidence based arguments on the impact of secularisation, modernisation, Westernisation and Islam on Turkish identity and the influence of political and military institutions on politics and culture in modern Turkey.
  3. Apply both the concepts of political science such as nationalism, modernisation, political Islam, legitimacy, and sovereignty  and also theories of international relations to the Turkish case.
  4. Critically analyse Turkish foreign policy towards the Middle East, Europe, Central and East Asia, United States and also international organisations.
  5. Understand the relationship between domestic Turkish politics and foreign policy and develop structured analyses on Turkish political issues.

Indicative Assessment

Participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-5]
Essay of 4000 words (50%) [Learning Outcomes 1-5]  
Final Exam of 2 hours (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1- 5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able enrol in this course if you have previously completed MEAS2004, MEAS2003 or MEAS6503.

Preliminary Reading

Z├╝rcher, E. J., Turkey: A Modern History, London: IB Tauris, 2004.
Carkoglu, A. & Hale, W. (eds), The Politics of Modern Turkey: Critical Issues in Modern Politics (4 Volumes), London : Routledge, 2008.
Kalaycioglu, E.,  Turkish Dynamics: Bridge Across Troubled Lands, Gordonsville: Palgrave, Macmillan, 2005.
Oktav, Z., Turkey in the 21st Century Quest for a New Turkish Foreign Policy, Aldershot, Burlington: Ashgate, 2011.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9140 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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