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Code HUM 203
Term 201702
Title Major Works of Ottoman Culture
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject Humanities(HUM)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 6.00 / 5.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Instructor(s) Tulay Artan,
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
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(only for SU students)
Mode of Delivery Formal lecture
Planned Learning Activities Communicative

This course will focus on a selected few masterpieces of Ottoman artistic and literary production, picked on the basis of not only their high aesthetic qualities, but also their representativeness across different genres and historical periods. A problem-oriented approach, therefore, may and shall be woven around them, but by starting with the works themselves, and proceeding from them to explore successive and ever-expanding backgrounds, instead of creating a relatively "complete" or continuous narrative of cultural history from the outset and submerging a much larger number of works within it. As key examples to be subjected to such close "readings," the following have been tentatively opted for : From the triumphant imperial moment of the 16th century, (1) Mimar Sinan's Suleymaniye mosque and complex; (2) ?znik wall-tiles at Rustem Pasa mosque; and (3) Nakkas Osman's pictorial eulogy of the dynasty Hunername; from the early 18th, late 18th, and early 19th centuries, (4) Levni's Book of Festivals (Surname-i Vehbi); (5) Nedim's poetry; (6) Antoine-Ignace Melling's Hadice Sultan waterfront palace at Defterdarburnu; and (7) Itri's musical output. It is thereby proposed to introduce students both to a whole range of modes of expression (such as monumental religious architecture, decorative programs of line and colour, the arts of the book, the ruling elite's changing "theater of life" and consumption patterns, and the conventions of composition), and to analytical perspectives on two main periods of Ottoman history with their specific power relations, socio-economic problems, ideological re-adjustments, sensitivities and outlooks. In addition to the existing pre-requisite " to have completed 23 credits" for this course , a new condition will be added as "to complete SPS 101 and SPS 102 courses at least with D grade" as of the Fall semester of 2015-2016 Academic Year. Students who failed from SPS 101 and SPS 102 courses, do not have right to take this course.


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Learning Outcome

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. identify the masterpieces of Ottoman artistic production.
2. discuss the aesthetic qualities of cultural products, and their representativeness across different genres and historical periods.
3. describe the major persons and ideas that shaped the Ottoman artistic/cultural production and how these fit into the course of Ottoman history.
4. explain the primary sources on these works of art.
5. develop a broader but more nuanced understanding of the historical context of architecture, painting, calligraphy, decorative arts, music and poetry.
6. comprehend the interrelated forces of cultural borrowings, traditionalism and Islam.
7. discuss the origins of Ottoman portrait painting and contextualize genres of royal portraiture.
8. explain the functional and symbolic meanings of the Ottoman socio-religious complexes.
9. comprehend the enigma of the genious architect and/or artist and describe artistic and individual styles.
10. discuss the development of the imperial artistic tradition and the birth of an Ottoman idiom.
11. comprehend the concept of Unity Within Diversity
12. discuss the Moralist, Nationalist and Islamist conventions about Ottoman art and architecture.
13. develop visual literacy and independent study skills
14. evaluate historical material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment.

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. 3
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. 3
4 Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 5
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. 2
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. 3
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 1
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. 4
1 Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems.
2 Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose.
3 Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively.
4 Ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose.
5 Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas.
6 Knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development.
7 Knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
Common Outcomes ForSchool of Management
1 Demonstrate an understanding of economics, and main functional areas of management. 1
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 1
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Final 30
Midterm 30
Exam 10
Assignment 20
Participation 10