EU476      Half Unit
Turkey and Europe

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Esra Ozyurek Baer COW 2.08


This course is available on the MSc in EU Politics, MSc in EU Politics (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in Global Europe: Culture and Conflict, MSc in Global Europe: Culture and Conflict (LSE & Sciences Po), MSc in History of International Relations, MSc in Political Economy of Europe, MSc in Political Economy of Europe (LSE and Sciences Po) and MSc in Theory and History of International Relations. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.



Course content

The Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey have been an integral part of European power dynamics since the early modern period. This course aims to introduce the foundations of Modern Turkey and major social, political, and historical dynamics that shape her relationship to Europe. These include questions of secularism and religion; religious and ethnic minorities; role of the state; human rights; democracy; legal reforms; and Turkish immigrants in Europe. Students will be required to follow media reports on Turkey and be prepared to make a presentation about the background of an issue that is covered lately.


20 hours of seminars in the MT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

A five minute presentation on a recent development students choose with the approval of the instructor.

Mock Exam

Indicative reading

Zurcher, Eric J. 2004, Turkey: A Modern History; Ozyurek, Esra. 2006, Nostalgia for the ModernTugal, Cihan. 2010, The Silent Revolution; White, Jenny. 2012, Muslim Nationalism and the New Turks; Danan-Brink, Marcy. 2011, Jewish Life in Twenty-first Century Turkey:The Other Side of Tolerance; Mandel, Ruth. 2008, Cosmopolitan Anxieties: Turkish Challenges to Citizenship and Belonging in Contemporary Germany.


Exam (60%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (40%, 3000 words) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2016/17: 31

Average class size 2016/17: 17

Controlled access 2016/17: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication