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
POL2513 Turkish-Greek Relations Spring 3 0 3 6
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 :
Course Lecturer(s): Dr. BYRON MATARANGAS
Recommended Optional Program Components: None
Course Objectives: This course is built around the notion that only by understanding the past can we make sense of the present and hope to improve the future. Accordingly, it seeks to provide a balanced account of past and present Turkish-Greek relations. It will begin by looking at the experience of co-habitation under Ottoman rule. It will then trace the rise of Greek and Turkish nationalisms which culminated in wars of independence fought against one another. The evolution of relations over the twentieth-century from the Atatürk/Venizelos period through the Cold War up until the 1990s will next be traced. In so doing, we will examine the impact of domestic developments in each country on bilateral relations, the minority question, Cyprus and the Aegean, and the role of the EU. Finally, we will turn to the era of ‘earthquake diplomacy’, taking stock of the recent mushrooming of contacts across the Aegean on one hand, and the persistence of tension at the level of ‘high politics’ on the other.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
1. To develop a historically-informed and critical understanding of Turkish and Greek nationalism vis-à-vis their relationship to one another,
2. To familiarise students with theories of nationalism,
3. To provide students with a realistic assessment of where relations stand today and in what direction(s) they may unfold.

Course Content

Topic 1: Introductions; What is a Turk? What is a Greek?
Topic 2: Ottoman Co-habitation; What is nationalism?
Topic 3: Rise of Greek nationalism; Rise of Turkish nationalism
Topic 4: Population exchange; Atatürk and Venizelos
Topic 5: Reciprocity and minorities
Topic 6: Cyprus and the Aegean
Topic 7: The role of ‘Europe’: Then and now
Topic 8: Rocky relations: the 1990s; Earthquake diplomacy
Topic 9: Rapprochement in the 2000s
Topic 10: Whence from here?

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction - Who is a Turk? Who is a Greek? Theodossopolous article
2) Ottoman Co-habitation; What is nationalism? Ahmad, Ch 2, Koliopolous and Veremis, Ch 2
3) Theories of Nationalism: Primordialism, Perinnelism; Modernism; Ethno-Symbolism Chpts 1-2, Anthony Smith book on nationalism
4) Ethnic vs. Civic Nationalism; the case of Ottoman successor states Ch 2 Ahmad; Ch 2 Gallant
5) Emergence of Greek nationalism; Emergence of Turkish nationalism cont'd from previous week
6) Ataturk and Venizelos; population exchange Bruce 2 chapters
7) Lausanne Treaty regime; Minority rights ad reciprocity Fisher Onar, N. and Ozgunes, M. How Deep a Transformation? The Europeanization of Turkish and Greek Minority Rights Policies, International Journal of MInority and Group Rights, 17 (1) 2010; Baskin Oran chpt 1
8) Course Review All readings and classroom notes to date
14) Course Reeview All readings and classroom notes to date


Course Notes / Textbooks: Turkey: Feroz Ahmad, The Making of Modern Turkey, (London: Routledge, 1993)
Eric Zürcher, Turkey: A Modern History, (London: I.B. Tauris, 1998)
Greece: Thomas W. Gallant, Modern Greece, (London: Hoddler, 2001)
John S. Koliopoulos and Thanos M. Veremis, Greece: The Modern
Sequel, From 1821 to the Present (London: Hurst, 2002)
References: Okuma için her bölüme ait derlenmiş makaleler mevcuttur.
Available in reader with compiled articles for each unit.

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 10 % 10
Quizzes 1 % 10
Homework Assignments 1 % 10
Presentation 1 % 5
Project 1 % 10
Midterms 1 % 25
Final 1 % 30
Total % 100
Total % 100

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.