• 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, Contemporary Europe, History, Asian Studies, Central Asia Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Burcu Cevik-Compiegne
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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This course focuses on political history and regional relations of modern Turkey after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the proclamation of Republic in 1923. The course provides an overview of the legacy of Kemalist modernisation and secularisation, delivers a sketch of the cultural and historical legacies of Ottoman, Young Turk and Kemalist periods, and Turkish cultural life during the Republican era. The role of bureaucracy, military and the concept of eternal state will be analysed with regard to the themes such as formation of the Turkish identity, Turkish nationalism, role of Islam and alternative identity definitions in modern Turkey. The course will concentrate on the main ideologies, threads and political movements that have been influential in modern Turkey.
The course examines the major domestic and regional political challenges Turkey is confronting today by exploring the principles and historical development of traditional/Kemalist Turkish foreign policy; challenges by Turgut Ozal’s Motherland Party in 1980s and late neo-Ottomanism of the Justice and Development Party; and Turkish regional relations with the countries of its immediate neighborhood.

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. Explain in depth the major issues and concepts relating to Turkish politics, history, people and culture.
  2. Demonstrate advanced understanding of the impact of long state tradition and influence of political and military institutions on politics and culture in modern Turkey.
  3. Apply modern political concepts such as nation-building, political Islam, minority movements, legitimacy, and sovereignty to the Turkish case.
  4. Critically analyse the foreign policy of Turkey with an emphasis on the Middle East, Balkans and Caucasus.
  5. Undertake in depth research and analysis to write and present original work related to the study of Turkish history, politics and culture.

Indicative Assessment

Participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-5]

Essay of 3500 words (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1-5]

Final Exam 3 hours (50%) [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.

Preliminary Reading

Ahmad, F., The Making of Modern Turkey, New York: Routledge, 1993.

Lewis, B., The Emergence of Modern Turkey, London & Oxford & New York:  Oxford University Press, 1967.
Zürcher, E. J., Turkey: A Modern History, London: IB Tauris, 2004.
Kalaycioglu, E., Turkish Dynamics: Bridge Across Troubled Lands, Gordonsville: Palgrave, Macmillan, 2005.
C¸arkog?lu, A. & Hale, W. (eds), The Politics of Modern Turkey: Critical Issues in Modern Politics (4 Volumes), London : Routledge, 2008. 


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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
2020 $3570
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5460
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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
9609 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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