Department of Sociology


Course Code: 2320461
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 6.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Assoc.Prof.Dr. MESUT YEĞEN
Offered Semester: Fall or Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

The primary aim of this course is to produce a double curiosity; one on the history of Turkish modernisation and the other on the intellectual and political debates on modernisation in Turkey.

Course Content

This course aims to cover the principal academic and political debates on Turkey’s social structure. Debates on the following issues are to be examined: The formation, consolidation and collapse of the Ottoman Empire; main paths in Ottoman modernisation; the foundation of the Republic; 1930s: present vs. past and inkilaps vs. traditions; the agents of the inkilap: the Turkish Hearths, the People’s Houses, and the Village Institutes; the transition to multi-party era and the true nature of Democratic Party; the 1960 Coup; Turkey as a feudal, Asiatic or capitalist society; the rise of political Islam and ethnic revival in 1990s.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the semester, course participants are expected to be in a position to define the main characteristics of Turkish modernisation and spot the (dis)continuities in it.