Principles of Atatürk and the History of the Turkish Revolution I (HIST 191)

2023 Spring
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
4/3 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Berna Kamay,
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HIST 191 provides a comprehensive academic perspective on the history of the late Ottoman Empire and the societies that lived there in the past and present. HIST 191 is designed as complementary to HIST 192 that follows-up the content and timeline introduced in HIST 191 course, in a thematic order, by reflecting on major milestones in the history of the Ottoman Empire from the early 19th century up to the end of World War I. Taking the history of the late Ottoman Empire at its center, HIST 191 offers an interdisciplinary approach by relying on other disciplines including human history, political science, economy, and sociology. Besides, the content of HIST 191 is strongly related to the content of TLL 101. The thematic structure and the chronological framework of these separate courses follow parallel trajectories. To that end, the course provides a chance to relate the historical content of HIST 191 to the literary works that are studied in TLL 101. Finally, this course aims to teach basics of academic literacy, source criticism and fact-checking as integrated skills whilst dealing with the content material.


The aim is to provide a comprehensive perspective and multi-layered knowledge on Atatürkist reforms and on the history of modern Turkey.


  • Upon completion of this course, students will be able to compare and contrast the disciplines of history, social sciences, and natural sciences.
  • Upon completion of this course, students will be able to examine different trajectories toward modernization.
  • Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify the main themes of the Ottoman modernization process.
  • Upon completion of this course, students will be able to comprehend the history of those innovations which constituted the bases for the reforms of the 20th century.
  • Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify the key developments of Ottoman political, social and economic history and relate them to an overall conception of the subject matter.
  • Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe large themes over a relatively long span of history.
  • Upon completion of this course, students will be able to develop independent study capability.


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; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 3

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 3

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

1. Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems. 1

2. Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 1

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. 1

4. Have the 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. 1

5. Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 1

6. Possess knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 1

7. Possess 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; knowledge of behavior according to ethical principles, understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 1

8. Have the ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, prepare design and production reports, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear and intelligible instructions. 1

1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences. 2

2. Assess how global, national and regional developments affect society. 4

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information. 4


  Percentage (%)
Final 50
Midterm 50



Zürcher, E.J., Modernlesen Türkiye'nin Tarihi, Iletisim Press, November 2015.
Various book chapters assigned for each course week.

Findley, Carter V., Modern Türkiye Tarihi, Timas Press, 2016.
Various book chapters assigned for each course week.