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POLS310 Turkey and Its Neighbours

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The politics and society of modern Turkey, and the geopolitics of Asia Minor, the Balkans, and the Caucasus. Focuses on the political complexities and tensions at the meeting point of Europe and the Islamic world. Includes consideration of the legacies of the Ottoman and Byzantine empires in their core territories.

The area of Asia Minor, the Balkans, and the Caucasus is the crossroads of Europe and Asia, with the Turkish republic as its core. Modern Turkey is the principal successor state of the Ottoman and Byzantine empires. The paper considers the politics and society of contemporary Turkey. It explores complexities and tensions at the meeting point of the West, Islam, and the Middle East. It reviews Turkey's interactions with both its turbulent neighbourhood and the wider world.

Paper title Turkey and Its Neighbours
Paper code POLS310
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Summer School (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $929.55
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18 200-level POLS points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
Teaching staff

To be confirmed. Please contact the department for more information.


There is no required textbook for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will have nuanced understanding of a different political and cultural environment.

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Summer School

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-11:50 2-5, 7
Tuesday 13:00-14:50 2-7
Wednesday 13:00-13:50 2-7


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 14:00-15:50 3-7