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TURK-351 Introduction to Turkish Culture
Fall for 2015-2016
  • Onder, Sylvia
  • This 3 credit “over-under” seminar course uses a wide range of genres (written in or translated into English) to examine Turkish culture. Readings in history, ethnography, fiction, memoirs, travel writing, and folk literature are used. Students will be asked to evaluate both the content and the rhetorical style and basis of authority used in the different genres. In this seminar-style class, students are expected to be able to discuss the assigned readings in class. There will be four one-page response papers to selected readings. Students must discuss the topic of the research paper with the professor by mid October, and papers will be due the first day of the last week of class. Each student will present his or her research paper topic to the class.

    Topics to be covered include:
    What is Culture?
    Origins of the Turks
    Nomadic Culture and Oral Transmission of Knowledge
    Ottoman Imperial and Everyday Culture
    Cultural Transformations from the Ottoman Empire to the Republic of Turkey
    Turkish Nationalism
    Turkey and Europe
    Islamism and Secularism in Contemporary Turkey

    Students will have the chance to choose research topics such as:
    Gender in Turkish Culture
    Modernity and Cultural Commodification
    Migration and Turks in Europe
    Turkish Literature
    Material Culture
    Indigenous Health-Care Systems
    Rural-to-Urban Migration
    Minority Issues
    Turkey and the Caucasus
    Turkey and Central Asia
    Environmental Issues
    Ethnography in and about Turkey

    Class Participation: 35%
    Short Response Papers: 20%
    Research Paper (10-15 pages for undergrads; 15-20 pages for grads): 40%
    In-Class Presentation of Research Paper: 5%
    Credits: 3
    Prerequisites: None
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