INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

IR564 THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE IN WORLD POLITICS

Course Code: 3142564
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 8.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Graduate
Course Coordinator: Assoc.Prof.Dr. EBRU BOYAR
Offered Semester: Fall or Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

This course seeks to provide the students with an understanding of the Ottoman intellectual response to the world around it and the dynamics of survival adopted by a system under threat. It will stress the complexities of Ottoman society. It will introduce students to a more nuanced approach to Ottoman society in the 19th and early 20th centuries and to its position in and relation to the world around it. By furnishing the students with a greater understanding of the late Ottoman empire, the course also seeks to enable them to understand better the Middle Eastern and Balkan worlds of the 20th century and to contextualize the relations between Turkey and Europe. This course aims to develop students’ ability to work with primary material and to analyze it critically.

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Learning Outcomes

This course outline has been designed with the aim of providing students with a more in depth and critical understanding of late Ottoman history. The course is organized around four key concepts from the period and will consist of a series of seminars and student presentations. The students are expected to demonstrate use of primary material, to write one substantial paper, to present their work and to participate fully in seminar discussions.