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MØNA2503 - Modern Turkey: Politics, Cultures, People

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  • Autumn 2006

Course content

This course provides a survey of the revolutions and evolutions, thoughts and thinkers, cultures and institutions, and rulers and resisters that made Turkey the country it is today. Emphasis will be placed on how the legacy of the Kemalist reforms of the 1920s and 1930s was challenged and reconfigured by the proliferation and radicalization of political ideologies and religious and ethnic identities during the Cold War, and how the troubled liberalization period of the 1980s and 1990s culminated in the rise and consolidation of the AK Parti in recent years. In addition to interactions between between major institutional players—in particular political parties and the Army—we will pay attention to how political and economic reforms have been adopted, adapted or rejected by the society they were meant to transform. Finally, we will examine the so-called Gezi protests of 2013—a popular uprising so overladen with meaning that one might call it an “interpretation in search of an event.”

Learning outcome

After having followed this course, you will have:

  • gained familiarity with the main developments and personalities of Turkish history
  • acquired a grasp of historiographical and social-scientific approaches to explaining the emergence and development of modern Turkey
  • acquired the knowledge and tools you need to understand Turkish society today


Students at UiO must apply for courses in StudentWeb.

International applicants, if you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

The examination in this course is not available for external candidates. Only students admitted to the course may sit for the examination.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification from Norway or other Nordic countries (GSK)
  • Good reading skills in English

Recommended previous knowledge


The course is based on a total of 11 two-hour sessions. The first class meeting will be an introductory lecture to the course. Subsequent classes will be a combination of lecture, student presentations and group discussion based on the readings.

The main course assessment will be a final paper to be delivered at the end of the semester. All students must submit a first version/draft of the semester assignment within the 8th week of lecturing. The teacher will provide feedback to the students on the first paper version.

Guidelines for obligatory instructional activity at the Faculty of Humanities (only in Norwegian).


All compulsory activities must be completed and approved in order to take the exam.

Compulsory activities include:

  • A 1-page response paper to be handed in on the day of each class meeting after the first day of class. The response paper will be based on one of the readings due for that day. Each student will thus have a total of 10 response papers.
  • Each student will give one oral presentation of one of the readings in class during the semester. The presentation assignments will be distributed on the first day of class.

The exam consists of a semester paper of 8-10 pages (about 2300 characters per page, spaces excluded) to be handed in at the end of the semester.

Proposals for relevant topics for the semester paper will be given in class. The proposals will be discussed and commented on in the last two seminars of the semester.

All students must deliver a first version/draft within week 8 of lecturing.

The semester paper is to be submitted in Fronter within the given deadline. Before submitting your paper, you must electronically sign an "Obligatory statement concerning cheating" in Fronter.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English. You submit your response in English or in a Scandinavian language.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

If you wish to withdraw from the exam you must do so in StudentWeb at least two weeks prior to the deadline. Failure to do so will be counted as one of the three opportunities to sit the exam.

Special examination arrangements

If you have a disability or a health problem that entails significant inconvenience in an examination situation, you may be considered for special examination arrangements. Mothers who are breastfeeding may apply for extra time to complete the exam.


Feedback from our students is essential to us in our efforts to ensure and further improve the high quality of our programmes and courses. All courses are subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students on a particular course to participate in a more comprehensive, periodic evaluation of this course.

MØNA2503 periodisk evaluering

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