Academic Catalog


Course Code: 6420401
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 8.0
Department: Turkish Language
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator:
Offered Semester: Fall and Spring Semesters.

Course Content

The course offers an overview into Turkish society and culture based on an interdisciplinary perspectival approach. The aim of the course is to provide key insights to international students by shedding light on fundamental components of Turkish society and thereby equipping students with relevant background for making better sense of their experience and observations during their study abroad period in Turkey. The course will consist of weekly seminars that focus on different aspects of Turkish society and culture ranging from, but not limited to culture, history, archaeology, diversity, population, politics, foreign policy, diaspora, education system, economics, architecture, fine arts, music, cinema, language, literature, expressive culture, philosophy, religion and food culture. Readings and discussions will be centered on uncovering the links between different aspects of culture and how they play a role in the formation of a unique society that is a unified whole Seminars will be given by faculty members and staff who have specialization in the theme of the week. Where relevant, guest speakers will also be invited to contribute in their areas of specialization.During the course time extracurricular activities such as field trips, film screenings, daily excursions to historic sites and participation in cultural events may be scheduled After completion of the course students will not only have obtained fundamental knowledge in terms of the Turkish sociocultural context but they will also have developed the capacity to assess the intricate relation between culture and society.