• Class Number 5728
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Khalid Al Bostanji
    • Khalid Al Bostanji
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

A growing economy and a regional and global power as a G20 country and a candidate member of the European Union, Turkey has become a major actor in politics in the Middle East, Europe and beyond. This course introduces students to Turkey's rich and complex political history and culture, focusing on contemporary Turkish politics and foreign policy after the proclamation of the Republic in 1923. The course will look closely at the interactions between political institutions and actors to provide a critical understanding of issues and ideologies that characterise Turkish politics and foreign policy.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. identify and employ key concepts of political science such as legitimacy, sovereignty, authority and governance in relation to the specific context of Turkish politics;
  2. evaluate the institutional, cultural and economic challenges in contemporary Turkish politics;
  3. discuss the role of various political actors (institutions, political parties, civil society) in shaping the Turkish political culture and democracy; and
  4. critically analyse issues in Turkish politics and foreign policy with reference to secularism, nationalism, political Islam and authoritarianism.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to contemporary Turkey: geography, history and society
2 Turkish secularism and political ideologies
3 Rise of Erdogan
4 Presidential system, authoritarianism and electoral politics
5 Pluralism, plurality and the Kurdish movement
6 Gender in politics
7 Neoliberalism, poverty, equity and growth in Turkey
8 Globalisation, alternative modernities and environmentalism
9 Turkey in the Middle East
10 Turkey in Europe
11 Turkey in world politics
12 Turkish soft power

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Participation 10 % * * 1,2,3,4
Reflection paper 20 % 22/08/2022 04/09/2022 1,2,3,4
Individual video presentation or podcast 30 % 02/10/2022 16/10/2022 1,2,3,4
Research paper 40 % 06/11/2022 20/11/2022 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Attendance at and participation in all classes is expected. All assessment tasks should be attempted to pass this course.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


It is essential to your learning – and the learning of others in the class – that you are fully involved in the course. This means that you need to:

a) Attend class – though much learning will be done outside the classroom, class time is a valuable, scarce resource. You are expected to arrive ready to begin class on time; to not leave until class is over; and to attend all classes. If for any special reason you are unable to meet these requirements, please talk to the course convenor about it.

b) Come prepared – it will be assumed that you have completed any assigned readings and prepared for the discussion questions prior to class.

c) Actively participate in the learning – we owe it to ourselves and our colleagues to participate as fully as possible in the class sessions.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 22/08/2022
Return of Assessment: 04/09/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Reflection paper

Students are asked to submit a 1000-word Reflection Paper worth 20% of their mark. This assessment will provide a reflection on a topic covered during weeks 1,2,3, or 4. The Reflection Paper must provide an analytical reflection on a specific topic and consult additional scholarly and primary sources. The Reflection Paper must be 1,000 words in length (+/- 10%) and to include professional referencing and a bibliography. Note that the word count excludes references and the bibliography. The Reflection Paper must consult and cite at least five scholarly sources.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 02/10/2022
Return of Assessment: 16/10/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Individual video presentation or podcast

Students will complete an individual video presentation or podcast worth 30% of their mark on a topic of their choosing covering Turkish politics. A list of optional topics will be uploaded on Wattle, or an alternative topic can be determined in consultation with the course convenor. The video presentation or podcast is to be pre-recorded and submitted by the due date via Wattle along with a bibliography page. The video presentation or podcast must demonstrate research of relevant literature and be of scholarly quality. More information on the content and structure of this assignment will be shared during Week 6 Seminar. In the case of the individual video presentations, you are expected to use Power Point slides (maximum of 5 slides) to enhance your presentation. The length of the video presentation or the podcast is expected to be 8 minutes (+/- 1 minute).

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 06/11/2022
Return of Assessment: 20/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Research paper

Students are asked to submit a 3000-word Research Essay worth 40% of their mark. This research essay provides students the opportunity to conduct in-depth research of a topic of their choosing about Turkish politics and foreign policy. The research essay must demonstrate strong theoretical and analytical components and consult scholarly and primary sources on Turkey. A list of optional topics will be shared with students in due course, or an alternative topic can be determined in consultation with the course convenor. The Research Essay must be 3,000 words in length (+/- 10%) and to include academic referencing and a bibliography. Note that the word count excludes references and the bibliography.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission


Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Khalid Al Bostanji

Research Interests

Politics, Foreign policy, diaspora and migration studies

Khalid Al Bostanji

By Appointment
Khalid Al Bostanji

Research Interests

Khalid Al Bostanji

By Appointment

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