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Code CULT 593
Term 201702
Title Thematic Approaches to Contemporary Turkish Culture
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject Cultural Studies(CULT)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 10.00
Instructor(s) Arzu Unal,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Doctoral
Type of Course Click here to view.
(only for SU students)
Mode of Delivery Interactive lecture,Seminar
Planned Learning Activities Interactive,Learner centered,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Project based learning,Jigsaw learning,Guided discovery

Based on readings of urban space as well as analyses of visual and written texts, this course will trace and map current cultural dynamics and ambivalences of contemporary Turkey. Each semester the course will be structured around a different theme, emphasizing the ways in which politics and culture are articulated in present-day Turkey.


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Learning Outcome

At the end of the course, students should be able to:
1. identify and discuss several ways in which politics and culture are articulated in present-day Turkey,
2. examine such major concepts, such as Orientalism/Occidentalism and modernity, which frame the theoretical discussions on contemporary Turkish culture,
3. make connections between political, aesthetic, popular and everyday life discourses in contemporary Turkey,
4. demonstrate familiarity with the issues arising from and creating social and cultural changes in contemporary Turkey,
5. analyze a specific cultural text or phenomenon with a view to its significance in the current cultural dynamics and ambivalences of contemporary Turkey,
6. engage in advanced independent research and write a sustained piece of work on an aspect of contemporary Turkish culture from a comparative point of view.

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Develop and deepen the current and advanced knowledge in the field with original thought and/or research and come up with innovative definitions based on Master's degree qualifications 5
2 Conceive the interdisciplinary interaction which the field is related with ; come up with original solutions by using knowledge requiring proficiency on analysis, synthesis and assessment of new and complex ideas. 5
3 Evaluate and use new information within the field in a systematic approach. 5
4 Develop an innovative knowledge, method, design and/or practice or adapt an already known knowledge, method, design and/or practice to another field; research, conceive, design, adapt and implement an original subject. 4
5 Critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation of new and complex ideas. 5
6 Gain advanced level skills in the use of research methods in the field of study. 4
7 Contribute the progression in the field by producing an innovative idea, skill, design and/or practice or by adapting an already known idea, skill, design, and/or practice to a different field independently. 4
8 Broaden the borders of the knowledge in the field by producing or interpreting an original work or publishing at least one scientific paper in the field in national and/or international refereed journals. 4
9 Demonstrate leadership in contexts requiring innovative and interdisciplinary problem solving. 3
10 Develop new ideas and methods in the field by using high level mental processes such as creative and critical thinking, problem solving and decision making. 4
11 Investigate and improve social connections and their conducting norms and manage the actions to change them when necessary. 3
12 Defend original views when exchanging ideas in the field with professionals and communicate effectively by showing competence in the field. 4
13 Ability to communicate and discuss orally, in written and visually with peers by using a foreign language at least at a level of European Language Portfolio C1 General Level. 2
14 Contribute to the transition of the community to an information society and its sustainability process by introducing scientific, technological, social or cultural improvements. 3
15 Demonstrate functional interaction by using strategic decision making processes in solving problems encountered in the field. 3
16 Contribute to the solution finding process regarding social, scientific, cultural and ethical problems in the field and support the development of these values. 3
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Develop the ability to use critical, analytical, and reflective thinking and reasoning 5
2 Reflect on social and ethical responsibilities in his/her professional life. 5
3 Gain experience and confidence in the dissemination of project/research outputs 5
4 Work responsibly and creatively as an individual or as a member or leader of a team and in multidisciplinary environments. 5
5 Communicate effectively by oral, written, graphical and technological means and have competency in English. 5
6 Independently reach and acquire information, and develop appreciation of the need for continuously learning and updating. 5
1 Design and model engineering systems and processes and solve engineering problems with an innovative approach.
2 Establish experimental setups, conduct experiments and/or simulations.
3 Analytically acquire and interpret data.
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. 5
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 5
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. 5
1 Establish a strong theoretical background in several of a broad range of subjects related to the discipline, such as manufacturing processes, service systems design and operation, production planning and control, modeling and optimization, stochastics, statistics.
2 Develop novel modeling and / or analytical solution strategies for problems in integrated production and service systems involving human capital, materials, information, equipment, and energy, also using an interdisciplinary approach whenever appropriate.
3 Implement solution strategies on a computer platform for decision-support purposes by employing effective computational and experimental tools.
4 Acquire skills to independently explore and tackle problems related to the discipline that were not encountered previously. Develop appropriate modeling, solution, implementation strategies, and assess the quality of the outcome.
1 Demonstrate an understanding of the different approaches, concepts, and theoretical legacies in the interdisciplinary field of Cultural Studies.
2 Identify interconnections of knowledge within and across the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, literature, visual studies, philosophy, and psychology.
3 Demonstrate an understanding of the multiple methodologies used in cultural analysis; in particular, ethnographic fieldwork, participant-observation, interviewing, oral history, focus group discussions, textual criticism, and visual analysis
4 Cultivate a critical approach to the study of culture, articulating the relations between culture, power, and history; exploring cultural diversity and socio-cultural change at the local, national and global level; and exploring the corresponding demands for rights and social justice.
5 Be able to conduct original research and develop sound analysis of phenomena in the realm of cultural production, consumption, and representation; develop and present advanced oral and written evaluations of one's research and arguments.
Turkish Studies (with thesis) Program Outcomes Area Electives
1 Have knowledge of a comprehensive and integrated picture of contemporary Turkey, including all its promise and problems. 5
2 Have knowledge of an up-to-date grasp of the overall shape and basic outlines of the country?s history; the complexity of the multiple and often contradictory strands of its culture; the fundamental structures and emerging dynamics of its economy; and the basic setting, enduring legacies as well as shifting realignments of its politics. 5
3 Have a sensitive appreciation of the possible paths and choices it faces early in the 21st century. 5
4 Able to Respond to the international demand for knowledge about the history, culture, languages, politics and economy of Turkey. 5
5 Able to Independently formulate critical research questions, and pursue them into a deepening knowledge of the subject. 5
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Midterm 20
Term-Paper 30
Participation 20
Presentation 30
Recommended or Required Reading

Ah?ska, Meltem. 2003. Occidentalism. The Historical Fantasy of the Modern. South Atlantic Quarterly 102(2-3): 351-379.
Gural, Ozgur Sevgi, Ayhan Isik and Ozlem Kaya. 2013. The Unspoken Truth: Enforced Disappearances.
Kandiyoti, D. and A. Saktanber eds., Fragments of Culture, Tauris, London.
Kasaba R., and S. Bozdogan eds., Rethinking Modernity and National Identity in Turkey, U. of Washington P., Seattle.
Kogacioglu, Dicle: 2004. The tradition effect: framing honor crimes in Turkey. Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 15, 119-151.