MES4270 – Topics in Turkish Studies I

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Topic spring 2019: Turkish intellectual history

This course focuses on central topics in Turcological studies. The various topics offered in the course are related to past or ongoing research in the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, such as the history of the Turkic languages and peoples, Ottoman language and poetry, other Turkic literary languages (such as Çhaghatay) through history, issues of literary history, register variation and language ideology, Turkish in a bilingual setting in Northern Europe, etc.

The course is based on reading, analysis, and discussion of selected texts in Turkish and secondary literature in English. Training in methodology, team work, essay writing, and oral presentation is an integral part of the course.

Learning outcome

Participants will learn to read both primary and secondary literature extensively, and to analyze sources of various kinds relevant to the topic: literary texts (online or print); texts representing various registers of Turkish (written or oral); and political texts. They will learn to discuss, produce, and present academic knowledge in oral and written forms.

Examples of courses that may be given:

"Turkish Intellectual History"
"Ideologies and movements in Modern Turkey"
“Introduction to Turcology”
“Ottoman Texts”
“Ottoman Divan Poetry”
“Çhaghatay Texts”


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Please see the admission requirements defined by the programme option Middle East Studies.

The teaching presupposes intermediate to upper intermediate competence in Turkish.

Recommended previous knowledge

MES4110 – Readings of Middle Eastern Texts


The course is taught through a combination of lectures and seminars organised as 10 classes of 2 hrs each throughout the semester. The course presupposes active participation.

Compulsory tuition activities such as presentations and submission of assignments must be completed and submitted within the given deadlines, and approved by the teacher in order for you to sit the exam. Approved tuition activities are only valid for the current semester.

This is how you apply for a valid absence from compulsory activities/compulsory attendance 


Term paper, to be submitted in Inspera. The subject of the paper must be relevant to the course and approved by the lecturer. The term paper should be between 8-10 pages, not counting front page and references.

Compulsory tutition activities must be completed and approved in order for you to sit exam, se "Teaching" above.

Information regarding submission of assignments at IKOS.

Grading guidelines spring 2019

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

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

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






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Every spring

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