Turkey: Continuity and Change II (1945-2023)

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FHEQ Level

Module overview

The second part is devoted to the period following the death of Atatürk and covers all the major developments, with a special focus on contemporary issues and the political agenda following the liberalization of the Turkish media in the 1980s.

The course reviews the key developments in the post-WWII period and assesses the political and military system as well as the politics or religion and identity, along with the treatment of Muslim (Kurds, Alevis) and non-Muslim minorities.  In terms of understanding contemporary Turkey, the rise of the AKP and the different phases of Erdoğan’s rule are examined along with the implications of “raising a religious generation”.  The foreign policy of Turkey and its relations with the EU and the Middle East and Greece and Cyprus are also reviewed.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module students will be able to:

1. assess the dominant paradigms in the study of modern Turkey, including its position and role in Europe and the Middle East

2. analyse the role of the military in Turkish politics and society

3. assess the role of religion in Turkish politics and the rise and dominance of the AKP

4. religious and politico-cultural influences affecting contemporary Turkey

5. assess the political and cultural importance of Turkey’s minority


This module will be taught over 10 weeks with 2 hours of lecture per week.

Method of assessment

  • 2500-word essay due in Term 3 (100%)
  • The exact assessment deadline dates are published on the relevant module Moodle/BLE page


Mr Gamon McLellan


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