|1.||Name of the course
MIE 604 World Civilizations Through Modern Texts
This course aims to critically engage students with the idea of a ‘modern era’ in world civilizations. It problematizes what the ‘modern’ might both in terms of when the ‘modern’ era starts, also how this modernity may be expressed in literature in different parts of the world. The course is engages the students primarily with literary texts in order to problematize the relationship between official histories and creative responses to world events. The chosen texts are those that deal with moments of crises such as the scientific and industrial revolutions, war and cultural reform. In the readings and class discussion the relationship between knowledge, power, class and gender will especially be highlighted, along with the complicated relationship Europe has with the rest of the world.
|4.||Assumed/required prior knowledge
Students graduated from all social sciences and humanities BA programs can take this course. Students must have enough English speaking skills to contribute to class as the class is held more like a seminar than a lecture. They are also expected to submit papers in good academic English.
The professor will direct you to online and library resources at the beginning of the semester. All the material covered in class will be made available from the beginning of term, and the course TA will make sure all the students have access to the readings.
Introduces students to a selection of modern texts from different parts of the world
Realigns discussions of modernity with references to historical and geographical context
Identifies current approaches to reading seminal texts that have influenced discussions of modernism
Identifies how the spirit of the age may find embodiment in literature
Raises awareness about different critical reading methods with special attention to class, gender and religion
Reviews artistic explorations of the successes and failures of the passage into modernity
Upon successful completion of this course, students will
Become familiar with discussions of modernity
Be able to apply the theories they have learned primarily in a Mediterranean and European context more widely
Be able to analyze emerging conceptions of ‘the modern’ through critical methods learned in the class
Be aware of a genealogy of responses to humans’ ability to transform and produce new subjectivities and consciousnesses
Produce written work concerning political and cultural world events that have a bearing on the new conceptions of modernity
|8.||Assessment and grading scale
Letter Numeric Success
AA 4,00 Pass
BA 3,50 Pass
BB 3,00 Pass
CB 2,50 Cond. Pass
CC 2,00 Cond. Pass
FF 0,00 Fail
IA 0,00 Fail Did not attend
|9.||Attendance, academic integrity, including collaboration and plagiarism.
75% attendance is required. Collaboration with course-mates is encouraged as long as the lecturer is informed well before hand about the project and what each party will bring to it. Plagiarism will result in failing the class
|10.||Statement encouraging student wellness
Students are encouraged to be aware of self-care and contact the related facilities of the university if they are in need of pastoral care.
|11.||Expected semester schedule
Metropolis, film screening
Othello, Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Emergence of Modern Man:
Paradise Lost, Milton (1608-1674)
Paradise Lost is composed of ‘Books’. Each book starts with a one page/less than one page ‘Argument’ section. You need to read all the ‘Argument’ sections so you don’t lose the plot. We will be looking only at Books 3-4-7-9 in detail.
‘Age of Exploration’:
Evliya Çelebi (1611 –1682) (Jerusalem and Syria sections- about 100 pages, as photocopy)
Knowledge and Power
Dr. Faustus, Goethe (1749 –1832)
Tales of Prometheus
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
Tagore (1861-1941) https://archive.org/details/nationalism00tagorich
Midterm Paper Due: 1000-1500 words
The Waste Land, TS Eliot
Virginia Woolf, Three Guineas
Towards the Nation State:
The Turkish Ordeal, Halide Edib
Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys (1890-1979)
Remains of Empire:
Saatleri Ayarlama Enstitüsü, Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar (1901-1962)
The Space Age:
Solaris, Andrei Tarkovsky (film screening)
Quran and Woman, Amina Wadud
|12.||Participation, re-grading, use of mobile devices, student recording of class
You will receive the highest score as long as you come to class and actively contribute to the class discussions. We encourage students to participate into class discussion as long as their participation relates to readings and other assigned material. Students are free to talk as they need to respects others in class. Student should wait for other student to finish presenting his argument and should not interrupt the speaker, they should not take the word but instead wait for it to be given by the instructor or class discussant.
Re-grading: The student can ask to re-grade their exams or papers, they need to send an e-mail in advance stating clearly the reason of re-grading.
Mobile Devices: Students can consult to internet through their mobile devices to contribute to the class discussion. We discourage personal use during class.
To record the class the student must obtain the instructor’s permission in advance. The instructor must inform all the students that the class is being recorded.
Check the syllabus thoroughly to identify how much reading is needed for each week and allocate time accordingly
Get together with course-mates to review reading material
Pay attention to the news and cultural events in town that may enhance the understanding of reading material
Use university resources to get the best out of the our facilities.
|14.||Relevant campus resources