• 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, 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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. analyse, discuss and explain the impact of long state tradition and influence of political and military institutions on politics and culture in modern Turkey;
  2. critically evaluate the role of non-government actors such as media and civil society organisations in shaping Turkish political culture;
  3. demonstrate an advanced ability to appraise social change and the vibrant and diverse cultural life that characterise contemporary Turkish society;
  4. assess and apply concepts from the disciplines of history, politics, social sciences and cultural studies in a case study about contemporary Turkey; and
  5. utilise modern political concepts such as nation-building, political Islam, minority movements, legitimacy, and sovereignty to critically analyse cases from contemporary Turkish history and current affairs.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. E-portfolio (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. E-portfolio analysis (2000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Final report (2000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,5]

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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.

Inherent Requirements


Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed MEAS2003.

Prescribed Texts



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Unit value:
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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $5700
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3752 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View

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