Turkey:Continuity and Change
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Acceptance on to one of the host MA programmes
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
At the end of the module students should have acquired a critical approach regarding the analysis of the constituent elements of Turkish and Turkic heritage in different periods and regions.
This module will be taught over 22 weeks with 2 hours of lectures per week.
Scope and syllabus
The module is divided into two parts:
- The first part focuses on the transition from the Ottoman empire to the Republic of Turkey, examining the key turning points and assessing the relevance of the events of the 1908-38 period for understanding Turkey today. There is also a historical approach to change, focusing on the issue of the "Turkishness" of the Ottoman and earlier empires and their relevance for Modern Turkey.
- The second part of the module deals with the development of Turkey’s political life following the death of Atatürk in 1938 and the emergence of a multi-party parliamentary democracy from 1946. Turkey’s subsequent economic, social and political development is closely examined, taking into consideration the impact of rapid population increase and internal migration on the political processes. The controversies over the involvement of the military in politics and the role of religion in Turkish society are analysed, and there is particular focus on Turkey’s relations with the wider world – in particular with the United States and Nato partners, the European Union, and with Greece, Cyprus and the Middle East.
Method of assessment
One essay of 2,000 words to be submitted on January 15 (30%) ; one essay of 2,000 words to be submitted on the last Friday of term 2 (30%); one essay of 3,000 words to be submitted on Friday, week 1, term 3 (40%).
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