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Code HIST 233
Term 201702
Title The Medieval Hero, East and West
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) Zeynep Nevin Yelce,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
Type of Course Click here to view.
(only for SU students)
Mode of Delivery Interactive lecture
Planned Learning Activities Interactive,Communicative,Discussion based learning

Designed as an introduction to reading and analyzing epic narratives, this course focuses on four such key types of works re-introduced in writing during the Middle Ages : the Shahnama, the Oghuznama, the Alexander Romance, and the Arthurian Legends. Introduced at the outset will be the main themes and narrative tools employed in the construction of epics; the common features which make a ?hero?; and the relevant historical contexts. These will then be brought to bear on a close examination of the works in question, with the final case study of Alexander and the Romances serving to explore the common aspects of ?Eastern? and ?Western? epics and heroes. The course will conclude with a discussion of the afterlife of these epics.


To teach the basic concepts and issues in medieval epics in order to provide students with skills in text analysis and a comparative look on different cultures through their oral and written narratives.

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:
a. Comprehend the basic concepts and issues in medieval epics
b. Discuss the fundemantal stories and motifs
c. Recognize and interpret a work of art with relavant subject-matter
d. Improve essay-writing and oral self expression skills
e. Research specific interests contributing to the general theme

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. 4
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. 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. 3
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. 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 35
Midterm 20
Assignment 25
Participation 20
Recommended or Required Reading

John Renard, Islam and the Heroic Image: Themes in Literature and the Visual Arts, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 1999.

Dean A. Miller, The Epic Hero, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.

Abolqasem Ferdowsi, Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings, *** Davis (trans.), London: Penguin, 2006 (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition).

Zeki Velidi Togan, O?uz destan?: Resideddin O?uznamesi, tercume ve tahlili, ?stanbul: Enderun Kitabevi, 1982.

Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur, London: Penguin, 1986.

Geoffrey Monmouth, The History of the Kings of Britain, Lewis Thorpe (trans.), London: Penguin, 1977.

Ahmedi, ?skendername?den Secmeler, Yasar Akdo?an (ed.), Ankara: T.C. Kultur Bakanl???, 2000.

Pseudo-Callisthenes, The Greek Alexander Romance, Richard Stoneman (ed. and trans.), London: Penguin, 1991.