• Class Number 4450
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Burcu Cevik-Compiegne
    • Dr Burcu Cevik-Compiegne
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
SELT Survey Results

Turkey is a country with a vibrant, diverse and dynamic culture and it was the centre to one of the most powerful Empires in history: the Ottoman Empire which controlled much of Southeast Europe, Western Asia and Northern Africa till early 20th Century. This course focuses on history and culture in Turkey starting from early-modern period to our time through interrelated themes in relation to the political, social and cultural life. The afterlife and legacy of the Ottoman Empire in the contemporary re-ordering of the nation-state will be assessed and the recent Ottoman revivalism will be contextualised. Weekly themes about contemporary Turkish society will provide a cross-disciplinary understanding of a multicultural, multi-layered and complex society with a rich history and heritage. The students will explore artefacts from Ottoman empire as well as contemporary popular culture case studies from music, soap operas, cinema and television advertisements in their assignments that are embedded in the tutorial discussions.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. appraise social change and the vibrant and diverse cultural life that characterise contemporary Turkish society;
  2. identify and discuss the major issues and concepts that underlie Turkish politics, history, people and culture;
  3. utilise concepts of gender, class, ethnicity and religion to explain transition from the Ottoman Empire to Turkish Republic;
  4. reflect on the transformation and the legacy of Ottoman state and its people within the wider historical perspective;
  5. research and analyse historical and contemporary artefacts that have relevance to Turkish history and culture.

A recommended reading list is provided on Wattle.

Staff Feedback

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

  • written and verbal (weekly) comments on their group wiki submission.
  • written and verbal (weekly) comments on their e-portfolio.
  • written or verbal feedback upon request for their book review.

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). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to Turkish history and historiography
2 Ottoman Empire in Europe
3 Ottoman state and institutions
4 Ottoman society and culture
5 Economy, law and order
6 Rise of the Young Turks and foundation of the Turkish Republic Group wiki (500 words x 3)(20%), due on 2 April (11.59 pm)
7 Ethnic and regional diversity
8 Urbanscape and place-making
9 Social mobility and taste
10 Popular culture and history
11 Performing gender identities E-portfolio (250 words x 5)(30%), due 17 May (8 pm)
12 Between East and West? Book review (2500 words) (40%), due on 4 June (11.59 pm)

Tutorial Registration

There will be a hybrid tutorial. Students can opt for online or on-campus options that will take place simultaneously.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Participation 10 % * * 1,2,3,4,5
Group wiki (500 words x 3) 30 % 02/04/2023 16/04/2023 2,3,4,5
E-portfolio (research + 250 words annotations weekly) 20 % 17/05/2023 31/05/2023 1,2,4,5
Book review (2500 words) 40 % 04/06/2023 18/06/2023 1,2,3,4,5

* 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 Misconduct 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 Integrity . 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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5


The tutorials will be student-led. Students are expected to give weekly updates on their group wiki and e-portfolio development and be ready to discuss their progress in order to get formative feedback. They will be also participating in group discussions and provide feedback to their peers as part of their participation.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 02/04/2023
Return of Assessment: 16/04/2023
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,5

Group wiki (500 words x 3)

Students will be assigned groups in Week 2. Every week the group will choose an artefact that has relevance to the topics of week 3-5 (either a written primary source or an object) and share the task of research and writing. They will write 3 wiki posts (500-600 words per week and images) that analyses the artefact. This will enable students to develop research and communication skills, translating academic research into engaging and informative resource for general public. Students will be assessed both for their collective effort and their individual contribution.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 17/05/2023
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,5

E-portfolio (research + 250 words annotations weekly)

Students will explore the issues that they are interested in by collating information from social media and traditional online media that relate to contemporary Turkey. They will learn important skills about tracing information and following trends in social media and synthesising information. Students will be required to select resources that represent a particular perspectives on the topic of the week and annotate the material using academic readings that were assigned for that week.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 04/06/2023
Return of Assessment: 18/06/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Book review (2500 words)

Students will choose an academic book about the Ottoman Empire or contemporary Turkey, preferably a monograph. Their choice will be approved by the lecturer by week 6. They will write a critical review of the book showing their ability to locate the work within broader scholarship and critically assess the argument of the book and its original contribution to the field. This will enable them to demonstrate the knowledge and critical thinking skills that they will have acquired during the semester and give them the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in the topic that they choose.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

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

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

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).

Dr Burcu Cevik-Compiegne

Research Interests

Turkish History, Migrant Cultural Studies, Memory Studies, Imperial and Postcolonial Studies

Dr Burcu Cevik-Compiegne

Monday 10:00 12:00
Monday 10:00 12:00
Dr Burcu Cevik-Compiegne

Research Interests

Dr Burcu Cevik-Compiegne

Monday 10:00 12:00
Monday 10:00 12:00

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions