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Study Abroad

Political-economic and Sociocultural Change in Modern Turkey

turkeyThis program is designed for a wide range of undergraduate students with interest in politics, society, culture, international relations, gender politics, ethnicity, political economy, and political thought in Turkey. Key themes include political, economic and socio-cultural changes in modern Turkey, the challenge of designing policies to address the region’s social and environmental problems, and Turkey’s role as a nation on the border between Europe and Asia. The program is based in two of Eurasia’s most fascinating cities, Istanbul and Ankara, and allows students in the humanities and social sciences the flexibility to pursue their own research and academic interests while providing a comprehensive overview of contemporary Turkey’s politics and culture.

turkeyFour James Madison College (MC) courses will be offered. These count as electives for all four MC majors (Comparative Cultures and Politics, International Relations, Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy, and Social Relations and Policy). The courses will also be of interest to majors in CAL and CSS (e.g., Anthropology, GSAH, History, Political Science, Sociology, Women's Studies) and to those in some University Specializations (e.g., Muslim Studies, Asian Studies, Russian and Eurasian Studies). Students will be required to enroll in a minimum of eight (8), maximum of twelve (12), semester credits from the following courses:

MC 325 State and Society in Comparative Perspective 4 cr.

The central theme of this course is the theoretical and empirical relationship between the state and society. We will pursue the issues involved in this complex relationship both through relatively theoretical works and through more empirical contemporary study of Turkey, looking particularly at its culture, politics and policies.

MC 386 Women and Power in Comparative Perspective 4 cr.

MC 386 is a multidisciplinary and cross-cultural course that investigates the interplay between sex/gender systems and power. This summer, after reviewing some key feminist and non-feminist literature, we will examine women and men's relation to power in key arenas (e.g., politics, economy, society, religion, culture and media) in Turkey.

MC 390 Advanced Topics in Public Affairs 4 cr.

Issues in comparative cultures and politics, international relations, political economy, political theory and constitutional democracy, and social relations, as related to Turkey.

MC 299/399 Independent Study 1-4 cr.

A variety of political, social, cultural and security topics are available for study in consultation with the faculty leader. These principal courses are supplemented with a series of site visits, independent study options and “enrichment” opportunities.

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