• Class Number 3752
  • 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.
  6. critically assess current knowledge about Turkey's history, people and society.

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 review paper.

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 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? Review paper (3000 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 % * * 1,2,3,4,5,6
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
Review paper (3000 words) 40 % 04/06/2023 18/06/2023 1,2,3,4,5,6

* 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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6


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: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Review paper (3000 words)

Students will choose a research topic about Ottoman history or contemporary Turkey. Their choice will be approved by the lecturer by week 6. They will write a critical review evaluating the major historiographical and academic debates and approaches relating to the research topic, assessing their limitations.

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).

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

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