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
GEP0505 History of Mediterranean World Fall 3 0 3 3
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: GE-Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Dr. BURCU ALARSLAN ULUDAŞ
Recommended Optional Program Components: none
Course Objectives: This course aims to cover the general history of the Mediterranean, focusing majorly on the social, economic, religious, linguistic, cultural and literary interactions in the Modern Ages.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
At the end of this semester, the students
1-will have a general notion of the Mediterranean geography,
2-will be able to compare/contrast the social groups of the Modern Ages with the comtemporary ones,
3-will have developed a complex understanding of the Mediterranean in all its façades: social, political, historical, economical, anthropological, etc.,
4-will have created a developed vision of the cross-roads in the Mediterranean and their social/historical outcomes,
5-will have interpreted the state of war and peace in this geography and its major consequences on different levels.
6-will have analysed the clash between the state and the common people.

Course Content

The Mediterranean as a world of meeting point with its wide range of settled and “floating” population in the 16th and 17th centuries like couriers, agents, spies, double spies, triple spies, informants, merchants, renegades, double renegades, travellers, captains, religious figures belonging to different sects and men in exile will be analysed through outstanding works that offer a vivid profile of the Mediterranean in literature, cinema, theatre, etc.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) The general historical geography of the Mediterranean.
2) The major political powers in the Mediterrean in the Modern Ages.
3) The Mediterranean island and their role in the political clashes.
4) Maghreb as the periphery of the Ottoman Empire
5) Corsairs as a social group uniting the North and the South.
6) Pilgrims and the route to the Holy Land.
7) Informants, spies and merchants
8) The Spanish Inquisition and religious conflicts.
9) Castles, watch-towers and “atalayas”.
10) Mediterranean as a meeting point: cross-cultural issues.
11) Outstanding sea-battles and their modern interpretations.
12) Literary sources and their interpretations
13) Genres to reconstruct the Modern Mediterranean History: Avisos, relaciones de sucesos, dispacci, etc.
14) How to interpret the archival sources of the Modern Ages?
15) Final Exam
16) Final Exam


Course Notes / Textbooks: Roger Crowly, Empires of the Sea, İstanbul, 2008.
References: Athanasiadis-Novas,Giorgio: “Discorso Introduttivo”, Il Mediterraneo nella seconda metà del ‘500 alla luce di Lepanto, ed. Gino Benzoni, Olschki, Firenze, 1974,
Haedo, Diego de:Topografía e historia de Argel, Madrid, 1927
Ibarra, Miguel Ángel de Bunes: La imagen de los musulmanes y del norte de Africa en la España de los siglos XVI y XVII, los caracteres de una historia, Madrid, 1989
Lafaye, Jacques:La era de Carlos V, Francisco y Solimán (1500-1557), Brevarios del Fondo de cultura económica, México, 1999.
Malvezzi, Aldobrandino: L’islamismo e la cultura europea, Firenze, 1956.
Preto, Paolo: Venezia e i turchi, Firenze, 1975,
Pursuit of Power: Venetian Ambassadors’ reports on Spain, Turkey & France in the age of Philip II, 1560-1600. ed. & trans. James C. Davis, NY, Evanston, London, 1970
Sherley, Anthony : Le “Peso Político de todo el Mundo”´, ed. Xavier Flores, (D’Anthony Sherley ou un aventurier anglais de l’Espagne. Paris, Bibliothèque Générale de L’école Pratique des Hautes études, 1963.
Vacalopoulos, Apostolos E. : The Greek Nation 1453-1669. The Cultural & Economic background of Modern Greek Society. 1976,
Wheatcroft, Andrew: Infidels: A History of the conflict between Christendom and Islam.

Evaluation System

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

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 14 3 42
Field Work 1 3 3
Study Hours Out of Class 4 10 40
Midterms 1 5 5
Final 1 10 10
Total Workload 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.