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Code HIST 205
Term 201701
Title History of the Twentieth Century
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject History(HIST)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Instructor(s) Ayse Ozil,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
Type of Course Click here to view.
(only for SU students)
SPS102 SPS101
Mode of Delivery Formal lecture,Interactive lecture
Planned Learning Activities Discussion based learning,Task based learning

The first half of the 20th century witnessed catastrophic destruction through world wars and genocides; its third quarter, in contrast, became a period of unprecedented stability and affluence; this, however, gave way to yet another phase of collapse and epochal change that marked not only the end of the century but perhaps also the end of the entire Modern Era. This course proposes to look at all this social and political tumult, as well as the accompanying history of culture, ideas, art and science, through the works and overlapping yet diverging interpretations of some its major observers and commentators.

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of this course, students will have acquired a basic factography of the 20th century, including its overall shape as well as subdivisions between and after the two world wars. They will have obtained a strong understanding of especially five main processes: (a) World War I; (b) the Bolshevik Revolution, the Soviet Union, and the international Communist movement; (c) Fascism and Nazism; (d) World War II and the Jewish Holocaust; and (e) decolonization, followed by the rise of, and the struggle over, the Third World.

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 5
2 Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 1
3 Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 4
4 Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 4
5 Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 1
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Arts & Social Sci.
1 Develop a thorough knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in the field and apply them in research design and data analysis. 4
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 4
3 Know how to access written and visual, primary and secondary sources of information, interpret concepts and data from a variety of sources in developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary analyses. 3
International Studies Program Outcomes Core Electives II (International Relations)
1 Analyze global affairs from international relations and economics perspectives. 4
2 Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge of the international affairs. 4
3 Compete for increasing opportunities in careers within the newly emerging global institutions. 1
4 Evaluate the international political events and present their views and positions on international affairs with advanced oral and written skills. 4
Political Science Program Outcomes Area Electives
1 Understand and follow changes in patterns of political behavior, ideas and structures. 5
2 Develop the ability to make logical inferences about social and political issues on the basis of comparative and historical knowledge. 5
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Final 60
Midterm 40
Recommended or Required Reading

Chapters and excerpts from:
* Kishlansky, M., Geary, P. and O?Brien, P., Civilization in the West, vol. C: since 1789, Pearson Publishing, 2000.
* Perry, M.,, Western Civilization: Ideas, Politics, and Society, Wadsworth Learning, 2009.


Chapters and excerpts from:
* Evans, Richard, The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914, London: Allen Lane, 2016.
* Hobsbawm, Eric, The Short Twentieth Century, London: Michael Joseph, 1994.
* Macmillan, Margaret, Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World, NY: Random House, 2001.
* Figes, Orlando, Revolutionary Russia, London: Penguin, 2014.
* Lieven, Dominic, Towards the Flame: Empire, War and the End of Tsarist Russia, London: Penguin, 2015.
* Mazower, Mark, The Dark Continent: Europe?s Twentieth Century, London: Penguin, 1998.
* Evans, Richard, The Coming of the Third Reich, London: Penguin, 2004.
* Judt, Tony, Post-War: A History of Europe since 1945, London: Heinemann, 2005.