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POLS310 Turkey and Its Neighbours

POLS310 Course Outline

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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 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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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
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

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
Nuanced understanding of a different political and cultural environment.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 15:00-15:50 9-16, 18-22
Wednesday 14:00-15:50 9-16, 18-22