• 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, Middle East Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

Growing from a principality in the 13th century into a multiethnic empire spread across three continents at the peak of its territorial expansion in the 16th and 17th centuries, the Ottoman Empire collapsed after the First World War, leaving complex legacies in the Balkans, the Middle East and not least in Turkey. The course will introduce interrelated themes regarding the political, social and cultural life and afterlife of the Empire, focusing particularly on the long nineteenth century which was marked by rapid transformations of every aspect of Ottoman politics and society. The course will encourage a critical assessment of modernisation and modernity through Ottoman intellectual, social and cultural histories and will provide fundamental tools for understanding modern Turkey as well as other nation-states emerging from the Ottoman Empire.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. deconstruct and analyse the concepts of modernity and their impact on Ottoman thought, politics and culture;
  2. identify and reflect on primary evidence that relates to the process of Ottoman modernisation;
  3. identify and reflect on the transformation of Ottoman political, administrative, judiciary and military systems within the wider historical perspective;
  4. utilise concepts of gender, class, ethnicity and religion to explain transition from the Ottoman Empire to Turkish Republic; and
  5. evaluate historiographical trends in study of the Ottoman Empire.

Other Information

This course may be counted towards a History major or a Turkish minor.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Group wiki (submission 1) (25) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Group wiki (submission 2) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Book review (2500 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 workshop and workshop-like activities.

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed MEAS8010 or MEAS2002

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
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2023 $5100
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