• 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, International Relations, Middle East Studies, European Studies, Politics

A growing economy and a regional and global power as a G20 country and a candidate member of the European Union, Turkey has become a major actor in politics in the Middle East, Europe and beyond. This course introduces students to Turkey's rich and complex political history and culture, focusing on contemporary Turkish politics and foreign policy after the proclamation of the Republic in 1923. The course will look closely at the interactions between political institutions and actors to provide a critical understanding of issues and ideologies that characterise Turkish politics and foreign policy.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. identify and employ key concepts of political science such as legitimacy, sovereignty, authority and governance in relation to the specific context of Turkish politics;
  2. evaluate the institutional, cultural and economic challenges in contemporary Turkish politics;
  3. discuss the role of various political actors (institutions, political parties, civil society) in shaping the Turkish political culture and democracy;
  4. critically analyse issues in Turkish politics and foreign policy with reference to secularism, nationalism, political Islam and authoritarianism; and
  5. examine the relationship between domestic Turkish politics and foreign policy and develop structured analyses of Turkish political issues.

Other Information

Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Major - ANU

Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Minor - ANU

Middle Eastern Politics and Security Major - ANU

Middle Eastern Politics and Security Minor - ANU

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Oral presentation (15 minutes) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Simulated scenario (1000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Final essay (4000 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: 12 hours of lectures and 24 hours of tutorials; and

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able enrol in this course if you have previously completed MEAS2004

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7405 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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