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|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$886.35|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,766.35|
- 18 200-level POLS points
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
- Teaching staff
- Professor William Harris
- Recommended introductory readings:
- Scott, A. Turkish Awakening: A Personal Discovery of Modern Turkey. 2nd edition, Faber (2015)
- Finkel, A. Turkey: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford (2012)
- Hale, W. Turkish Foreign Policy since 1774. 3rd edition, Routledge (2013)
- Course outline
- View the course outline for POLS 310
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical
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- Learning Outcomes
- Nuanced understanding of a different political and cultural environment.