MES4270 – Topics in Turkish Studies I

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Topic spring 2021: New Perspectives on Politics, the State and Society in the Ottoman Nineteenth Century

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.

Examples of topics that have been given in MES4270

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.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


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


Spring 2021: Teaching will follow the guidelines for preventing the spread of Covid-19.

A detailed plan for the semester will show which activities will be digital.

There will not be a requirement for compulsory attendance for teaching in the spring of 2021, but we strongly recommend that you follow all the teaching.

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

Compulsory activities

  • At least one presentation on an assigned reading (the number of presentations per student will be determined by enrollment)
  • A one- to two-page project proposal to be submitted on Canvas
  • Presentation of the research project at the end of the semester

The compulsory activities 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 


The exam is a term paper of 8-10 pages (2300 characters per page, spacing 1.5), not counting front page and references. The subject of the paper must be relevant to the course and approved by the lecturer.

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

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

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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.

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