Turkish Culture: Critical Perspectives (CULT 391)

2022 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Cultural Studies(CULT)
Cenk Özbay ozbay@sabanciuniv.edu,
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Interactive lecture,Seminar
Interactive,Learner centered,Communicative,Discussion based learning
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What is "Turkish Culture"? Who defines it? Who and what does it include, and not include? What is the relationship between culture (or cultures) and national identity? Asking these questions and others, this course will look at various anthropological, historical, political and literary texts in an effort to critically analyze changes and continuities in the meaning and scope of "Turkish Culture" since the late Ottoman period.


Refer to the course content


  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key debates on "culture" and "nation" in contemporary theory.
  • Use key theoretical tools and concepts to analyze the constructions of "self" and "other" in Turkey.
  • Identify and critically analyze the dynamics of different forms of social, economic, cultural and political belonging and exclusion in contemporary Turkey.
  • Make connections between different forms of social, economic, cultural and political belonging and exclusion
  • Know how to access written and visual, primary and secondary sources of information, interpret concepts and data from a variety of sources in developing an interdisciplinary analysis of social and political phenomena in Turkey.
  • Develop critical analyses of primary and secondary sources and express them orally and in writing.


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. 5

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; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 2

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

1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences. 4

2. Assess how global, national and regional developments affect society. 5

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information. 5

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the multiple methodologies and interpret different approaches, concepts, and theoretical legacies in the interdisciplinary field of Cultural Studies. 5

2. Identify interconnections of knowledge within and across the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, literature, visual studies, philosophy, and geography. 5

3. 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

4. With the use of appropriate technologies, be able to present advanced oral and written evaluations of developments in the realm of cultural production, consumption, and representation. 5

1. Demonstrate safe working habits and a general understanding of materials and processes in the visual arts. 1

2. Demonstrate knowledge of representational processes using visual as well as audial material as mediums of representation. 1

3. Show working knowledge of the process of transforming abstract/textual concepts into concrete, audio/visual forms. 1

4. Appreciate and express the cultural significance of art and understand its evolution and purposes. 5

5. Develop an awareness of compositional and organizational strategies for the effective deployment of formal elements of visual art. 1

6. Read visual texts with a deep knowledge of art history and theory and the ability of situating the content and form of the visual representation both in a historical and thematic context. 4

7. Employ necessary background knowledge regarding art administration in the body of museums and galleries. 3

8. Show a practical and technical command of materials and methods in one or more media of the visual arts. 1


  Percentage (%)
Final 30
Midterm 20
Assignment 30
Participation 20