- Code MEAS2003
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies, History, International Affairs, Central Asia Studies, Politics
This course focuses on contemporary politics and culture in Turkey while providing a historical perspective on state-formation and nation-building processes that carry the legacies of late-Ottoman/early republican era. Zooming in and out of different moments in recent Turkish history and through interrelated themes, the course explores the influential ideas and concepts that shape state politics as well as everyday politics today such as secularism, militarism, nationalism. The role of local, regional and global dynamics that inform domestic and foreign policy will be analysed. Students will be encouraged to think beyond the state and society binary and gain a more holistic understanding of multiple and diverse actors that contribute to a dynamic social and political life in Turkey. The course will provide students with fundamental knowledge and skills to interpret current affairs in or concerning Turkey.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- discuss and explain the impact of long state tradition and influence of political and military institutions on politics and culture in modern Turkey;
- evaluate the role of non-government actors such as media and civil society organisations in shaping Turkish political culture;
- appraise social change and the vibrant and diverse cultural life that characterise contemporary Turkish society;
- identify and discuss the major issues and concepts of Turkish politics, history, people and culture; and
- utilise modern political concepts such as nation-building, political Islam, minority movements, legitimacy, and sovereignty to analyse cases from contemporary Turkish history and current affairs.
- Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- E-portfolio (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- E-portfolio presentation (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final report (3000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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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.
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