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Course Objectives: 

This course aims to provide: a comprehensive review of the history of civilization; an understanding of the role of multiple disciplines (philosophy, arts, literature, science) as they progressed within various civilizations around the globe throughout history; how these humanities disciplines contributed to the formation of the value system of our contemporary civilization; to develop the ability to analyze contemporary social movements. Particular emphasis is given to the fields of science, philosophy, arts and literature.

Course Content: 

The start of civilization on earth, the Neolithic age; Turkish, Indian and Chinese civilizations and their interactions; the developments in the Mediterranean cultural basin; the elements of civilization in the middle ages; the examination of eastern and Eurasian civilizations with a particular focus on the formation in arts, social sciences, technology, science; The renaissance, the enlightenment, the American and the French revolution; modernization phases in the Turkish civilization; the new world order; the study of civilizations in the 21st century.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Q-A, 3: Debate
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Exam , B: Paper

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Outcomes Educating Methods
1-Aims at  helping students use punctuation marks and orthography correctly 1, 3,4 A
2-Aims at helping students understand basic features of language and  criteria for classifying languages 1, 3,4 A
3-Aims at helping students  remember the evolution of Turkish 1,3,4 A
4-Aims at teaching students features of Turkish and how to apply them

5-Aims at improving students’ skills in written and oral narration

1,3,4 A

Course Flow

Week Subjects Preliminary
1 Early Age Civilizations I: Neolithic Revolution, Sumer, Elam, Dravid,  Egypt and Akkad; Relations of Early Age Turkish Civilization with other Civilizations  
2 Early Age Civilizations II: Indian, Chinese, Turkish   
3 Mediterranean Cultural Basin I: Signs of Greek, Turkish and Roman  
4 Mediterranean Cultural Basin II  
5 “Middle” Ages of Western Europe: Kings, Knights, Peasants, Priests, Saints, Merchants, Jewish (500-1400) Turkish Civilization During the Period of Middle Age  
6 Eastern Cultural World: Caliphate, Sultanate, Empire, Merchandise, Ulema, Artists, Patriarchs, Citizens-Villagers, Pilgrims; Science and Philosophy in Muslim World(500-1400);  First Muslim Turkish States and Civilizations  
8 Eurasian World 500-1400 (I)-Turkish, Mongolian and Chinese Civilizations; Civilization in Hephthalites,  Gokturks, Uyghurs,  Mongolian Empire and Sequents, Eurasian World 500-1400 (II)- Turkish, Mongolian and Chinese Civilizations; Khazar Empire, Bulgars of Danube, Bulgars of Volga, Civilization in Cumanian States; “Turkish –Slavic” Civilization Connections  
9 Towards the New World Order (I) 1400 -1800: Renaissance, Scientific Revolution, European Mercantilism, Transoceanic Colonies, the First Globalization; Comprehension of New Humanity: From Community to Individual; Eastern Influences on the Basis of Renaissance; Science: Finding Laws of Universe; Sailing to India; From Mediterranean to Oceans; Turkish Civilization: New Formations in Science, Technology, Social Sciences, Arts  
10 Towards the New World Order (II) 1400 -1800: Age of Revolutions; English Revolution; American Revolution; The Enlightenment; French Revolution; Modernization in Turkish Civilization  
11 Age of Revolutions; English Revolution; American Revolution; The Enlightenment; French Revolution; Modernization in Turkish Civilization  
12 New World Order (Modernity) (I): Entrepreneurs, Industrialists, Labors, Unionists, Colonial Governors; Cultural Change  
13 New World Order (Modernity) (II): Citizens, Voters, Parliamentarians, Ideologues; Towards the Parliamentary Order; Dominant Relations and Civilization Relations of 19th Century19.  
14 Essential Themes in the study of civilizations in the 21st Century  

Recommended Sources

Lecture Book               Taşağıl, Ahmet. 2013. Kök Tengri’nin Çocukları. İstanbul. Bilge Kültür Sanat (available at the Yeditepe Bookstore)


Midterm 1 40
Final Examination 1 60
Total   100


Activity Number Time
Total Work Load
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 14x Total course hours) 14 3 42
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 10 3 30
Mid-terms 1 1 1
Presentation 0 0 0
Paper 1 1 1
Final examination 1 1 1
Term Paper 0 0 0
Total Work Load     75
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     3
ECTS Credit of the Course     3