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) Build up a body of knowledge in mathematics, science and Energy Systems Engineering subjects; use theoretical and applied information in these areas to model and solve complex engineering problems.
2) Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex Energy Systems Engineering problems; select and apply proper modeling and analysis methods for this purpose.
3) Ability to design complex Energy systems, processes, devices or products under realistic constraints and conditions, in such a way as to meet the desired result; apply modern design methods for this purpose.
4) Ability to devise, select, and use modern techniques and tools needed for solving complex problems in Energy Systems Engineering practice; employ information technologies effectively.
5) Ability to design and conduct numerical or pysical experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret results for investigating the complex problems specific to Energy Systems Engineering.
6) Ability to cooperate efficiently in intra-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams; and show self-reliance when working on Energy Systems-related problems
7) Ability to communicate effectively in English and Turkish (if he/she is a Turkish citizen), both orally and in writing. Write and understand reports, prepare design and production reports, deliver effective presentations, give and receive clear and understandable instructions.
8) Recognize the need for life-long learning; show ability to access information, to follow developments in science and technology, and to continuously educate oneself.
9) Develop an awareness of professional and ethical responsibility, and behave accordingly. Be informed about the standards used in Energy Systems Engineering applications.
10) Learn about business life practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; develop an awareness of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development.
11) Acquire knowledge about the effects of practices of Energys Systems Engineering on health, environment, security in universal and social scope, and the contemporary problems of Energys Systems engineering; is aware of the legal consequences of Energys Systems engineering solutions.