Bachelor TR-NQF-HE: Level 6 QF-EHEA: First Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 6

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
POL6026 Modern History of Turkish Politics Spring 3 0 3 12
This catalog is for information purposes. Course status is determined by the relevant department at the beginning of semester.

Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Non-Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Dr. ŞAHİN ALPAY
Recommended Optional Program Components: none
Course Objectives: This course aims at a critical analysis of the Turkish politics from historical perspective. While an emphasis is placed upon political developments, socieconomic and cultural dimensions are considered as well. It is believed that state-centric analysis is less than inadequate if it does not take into the consideration the interaction between political struggle and distributional struggles characterizing the society.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
This course is designed to introduce participants to Turkish politics by examining relevant classical and contemporary theories of political development. It is also designed to enable students to have a better understanding of how and why Turkish political system evolved from a single party revolutionary system to a complex multi-party system that has been characterized by frequent coups and clashes secular and religious reactionary and separatist movements. Finally, students will gain a better understanding of the cultural foundations, regime characteristics, political institutions, elite-mass linkages, and civil-military relations, state-civil society relations occurring in the Turkish political system.

Course Content

The content of the course will cover political developments in Turkey from 1923 to the latest developments in the negotiation process with the EU, including the transition to the multi-party system, the rise of political islam and separatism.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) 1923-1945 Period
2) 1923-1945 Period
3) 1945-1960 Period
4) 1945-1960 Period
5) 1960-1980 Period
6) 1960-1980 Period
7) 1960-1980 Period
8) 1980-2002 Period
9) 1980-2002 Period
10) 1980-2002 Period
11) The AKP in Power
12) The AKP in Power
13) Problems and Prospects
14) Overview of the course


Course Notes / Textbooks: Eric Jan Zürcher, Turkey: A Modern History.
Ersin Kalaycıoğlu, Turkish Dynamics- Bridge Across Troubled Lands.

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 14 % 20
Homework Assignments 5 % 30
Final 1 % 50
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Workload
Course Hours 14 42
Application 14 55
Study Hours Out of Class 14 78
Total Workload 175

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) To be able to critically interpret and discuss the theories, the concepts, the traditions, and the developments in the history of thought which are fundamental for the field of new media, journalism and communication.
2) To be able to attain written, oral and visual knowledge about technical equipment and software used in the process of news and the content production in new media, and to be able to acquire effective abilities to use them on a professional level.
3) To be able to get information about the institutional agents and generally about the sector operating in the field of new media, journalism and communication, and to be able to critically evaluate them.
4) To be able to comprehend the reactions of the readers, the listeners, the audiences and the users to the changing roles of media environments, and to be able to provide and circulate an original contents for them and to predict future trends.
5) To be able to apprehend the basic theories, the concepts and the thoughts related to neighbouring fields of new media and journalism in a critical manner.
6) To be able to grasp global and technological changes in the field of communication, and the relations due to with their effects on the local agents.
7) To be able to develop skills on gathering necessary data by using scientific methods, analyzing and circulating them in order to produce content.
8) To be able to develop acquired knowledge, skills and competence upon social aims by being legally and ethically responsible for a lifetime, and to be able to use them in order to provide social benefit.
9) To be able to operate collaborative projects with national/international colleagues in the field of new media, journalism and communication.
10) To be able to improve skills on creating works in various formats and which are qualified to be published on the prestigious national and international channels.