EU476      Half Unit
Turkey and Europe

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Esra Ozyurek Baer COW 2.08

Dr Eray Cayli COW 3.12


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

Both the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey have had a role integral to social, cultural, economic and political dynamics in Europe since the early modern period. This course aims to introduce the foundations of this role and its ongoing implications.  Based on an in-depth and critical engagement with weekly readings, the course explores questions around secularism and religion; faith-based and ethnic minorities; state-citizen relations; human rights, democracy and democratization; legal reforms, and citizenship and belonging in relation to Europe's populations with a background of outbound migration from Turkey. Students are required to come to class having read the weekly texts and be prepared to discuss them at length.  Alongside writing a final essay based on individual research, each student will make a 15-minute oral presentation (once throughout the term) working from the texts read and the discussions had in class to offer nuanced insight into a Turkey-related curent affair. 


20 hours of seminars in the MT.

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

Formative coursework

  • Slides and draft notes for 15-minute presentation due in the MT.
  • Abstract and outline for essay (no longer than 500 words)  due the end of MT.

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.


Presentation (20%) in the MT.
Essay (80%, 3000 words) in the LT.

Duration of student presentation is 15 minutes.

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2017/18: 8

Average class size 2017/18: 8

Controlled access 2017/18: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication