• 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 Cultural Studies, History, Middle East Studies, Central Asia Studies, European Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

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.

Other Information

This course is listed in the following major and minors

Asian History Minor - ANU

Contemporary Europe Major - ANU

Contemporary Europe Minor - ANU

History Major - ANU

History Minor - ANU

International Communication Major - ANU

International Communication Minor - ANU

Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Major - ANU

Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Minor - ANU

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Group wiki (500 words x 3) (20) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  3. E-portfolio (250 words x 5) (30) [LO 1,2,4,5]
  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 tutorials; and

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level courses, or with permission of the convener. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed MEAS6503.

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6.00 0.12500
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2024 $4080
International fee paying students
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2024 $5280
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