Graduate Courses

Graduate Courses


HIST 501-502 Historiography I, II (3)
(Tarih Yazıcılığı)

The agenda of the historian: Historiographical problems involved in studying
social history and social change. A review of the methods of major social historians.

HIST 503 Method and Theory in Oral History (3)
(Sözlü Tarihte Yöntem ve Kuram)

This course focusses on the theory and methodology of oral history. Designed to familiarize students with alternative directions offered by the methods and the rich material explore this field’s relation to other research areas such as women’s history, childhood and subalter studies. Various projects pursued both in Turkey and in other countries will also be surveyed throughout the course.

HIST 504 Ottoman/Turkish Historiography (3)
(Osmanlı Türk Tarih Yazıcılığı)

A critical and comparative review of the development of Ottoman historiography and literary methods. Emphasis will be on the relationship between the historian and his age.

HIST 509-510 Basic Ottoman Turkish Readings Skills I, II (3)
(Temel Osmanlı Türkçesi Okuma Bilgileri I, II)

A two semester course designed to provide graduate students in history with no previous background in, or insufficient knowledge of Ottoman Turkish, intensive training in the subject. A study of the script and linguistic features of Ottoman Turkish to be followed with readings in prose and poetry as well as examples of historical texts for History Students.

HIST 511 Rural History of Ottoman Society (3)
(Osmanlı Toplumunun Kırsal Tarihi)

Social organization of nomads and peasants in Ottoman lands. Means of livelihood, household structure, land-tenure relations, cultural trends and demography.

HIST 512 Urban History of Ottoman Society (3)
(Osmanlı Toplumunun Kentsel Tarihi)

Social organization of Ottoman towns. Means of livelihood. Socio-economic forms of work organization (market-place, guilds, religious lodges), cultural trends, demographic characteristics and special layout of urban settlements.

HIST 521 Ottoman Intellectual History (19th-20th centuries) I (3)
(Osmanlı Düşünce Tarihi (19-20 yüzyıllar) I)

This course focuses on major intellectual trends of the late Ottoman world, such as the growth of secular thought, nationalism and the reaction to nationalism, the beginnings of mass schooling and its effects. The course is arranged around lectures and class papers contributed by students who are then expected to write up their presentation as a class paper.

HIST 522 Ottoman Intellectual History II (3)
(Osmanlı Düşünce Tarihi II)

Study of the intellectual foundations of Ottoman culture and worldview; its manifestations in social and political theory, arts and literature. Analysis of the main intellectual currents in the 19th and 20th centuries. The emergence of nationalism as a major force in the Ottoman territories. Ottoman-Turkish nationalism will also be studied.

HIST 531 Ancient Greek and Roman History I (3)
(Eski Yunan ve Roma Tarihi I)

The classical period in the Eastern Mediterranean and in Anatolia; the classical Greek world, the Hellenistic period, and the expansion of the Roman state; various methodological approaches with a particular concern for written records.

HIST 532 Ancient Greek and Roman History II (3)

The Late Roman and the period of the Dark Age in the Eastern Mediterranean; changes in the classical world from the Roman time of troubles to the mediaeval period; archaeological and other evidence relevant to Anatolia.

HIST 533 Seminar in Byzantine History (3)
(Bizans Tarihi Semineri)

Introduction to research, historiographical controversies, and methodological approaches
for selected topics in Byzantine history. Reading and discussion of both classic and recent studies, as well as relevant primary sources.

HIST 535 Seminar in Social and Economic History of Byzantium (3)
(Bizans Sosyal ve Ekonomik Tarihi Semineri)

Joint research into the sources and problems of Byzantine social and economic history, with special emphasis on the interactions of state, society, and economy.

HIST 537 The Medieval Mediterranean: Peoples, Economics and Culture (400-1453) (3)
(Ortaçağ’da Akdeniz: İnsanlar, Ekonomi ve Kültür, 400-1453)

Traces the economic, social, demographic, and cultural developments in the Mediterranean basin during the medieval period. Topics include East-West relations, the crusading movement, trade relations and patterns of economic dominance, function and characteristics of merchant groups in Venetian, Genoese, Byzantine, and Muslim societies, forms of colonization, evolution of financial and commercial techniques, development of shipping, maps, and travel.

HIST 541 Method and Theory in Archaeology (3)
(Arkeoloji Yöntem ve Kuram)

History of archaeology as a discipline, critical review of current theoretical and methodological issues and debates, site investigation techniques (surveys, excavation, remote sensing, etc.), data recording and management, data analysis, absolute and relative dating, chronological and historical frameworks; theories of explanation and interpretation of archaeological data.

HIST 551 Method and Theory in the History of Art, Architecture and Visual Culture (3)
(Sanat, Mimarlık ve Görsel Kültür Tarihinde Yöntem ve Kuram)

Theoretical and methodological issues in the historical study of art and architecture, visual culture and the urban environment; study of critical texts; various approaches towards central issues (such as production, patronage, use), and key notions and interpretative tools of the discipline (such as style, iconography, representation, space); interdisciplinary foundations of recent theoretical perspectives.

HIST 552 Ottoman Art and Architecture (3)
(Osmanlı Sanat ve Mimarisi)

History of Ottoman art and architecture; focus either on the late medieval and early modern, or the modern era; formation and transformation of artistic, architectural and urbanistic idioms and practices, patronage patterns, cultural interactions within and outside the Ottoman realm studied within the larger context of various cultural geographies.

HIST 553 The Art and Architecture of the Middle Ages (4th-14th c.) (3)
(Ortaçağ Sanat ve Mimari Tarihi, 4.-14. yy)

History of art and architecture of the Middle Ages. Aspects of Early Christian, Byzantine, Islamic, and Western European art and architecture studied in their dynastic and geopolitical dimensions within the context of broader cultural patterns and developments. Special emphasis on cultural interactions within the larger medieval world.

HIST 557 Sources for the Study of Ottoman Art and Architecture (3)
(Osmanlı Sanat ve Mimarlığı Çalışmaları için Kaynaklar)

Seminar on written and visual sources of Ottoman art and architecture; analysis of sources, methodological issues related to their use; the relevance, reliability and limitations of particular types of documents; review of surveys and critical studies of primary sources; discussion of conventional and current approaches towards the use of primary sources for historical analysis.

HIST 558 Method and Theory in Conservation and Restoration (3)
(Koruma ve Restorasyonda Yöntem ve Kuram)

Methodological survey of conservation and restoration of architectural monuments and archaeological finds from the point of view of diagnosis and examination of buildings and artifacts, chemistry of conservation, deterioration of materials, legislation relating to conservation, and documentary sources at public and private archives; analysis of methods and maintenance, repair, restoration, as well as treatment and preservation of mosaics, frescoes and castings.

HIST 559 Research in the History of Performing Arts (3)
(Gösteri Sanatları Tarihi Üzerine Araştırma)

Examination of the textual and visual documents related to Ottoman and Repulican performing arts. Exploration of the descriptions of movement, music and drama, in the light of Surnames, travelers accounts and memories, and within the theoretical paradigm offered by performance studies. Analysis of the emergence of national folklore repertoire within the frame of newly emerging national-cultural policies.

HIST 563 Medieval Economic History I
Rural and Urban Structures of the Early Middle Ages (3)
(Ortaçağ İktisat Tarihi I: Erken Ortaçağ Kırsal ve Kentsel Yapıları)

To be offered on alternate years, this basic grounding in medieval social and economic history will proceed, after a historiographical introduction on the real and mental construction of the Middle Ages, to explaining the uniqueness of the Ancient/medieval divide in Europe and understanding medieval feudalism as a particular kind of military-agrarianate society.

HIST 564 Medieval Economic History II
Late Feudal Society in Europe (3)
(Orta Çağ Ekonomik Tarihi II: Avrupa’da Geç Feodal Toplum)

The second term will commence with and overview of the "mature forms of feudalism" tenure juxtaposed with the dissemination of feudalism from west to east inEurope, towards Outer Europe, and beyond Europe. The treatment of the 14th-15th century crisis will draw together demographic elements with peasant resistance and revolt. The final third of the course will revolve around: the further urbanisation of medieval society, related aspects of mercantile, financial and business history.

HIST 571 Warriors, Peasants, and Merchants in Japan (3)
(Japonya’da Savaşçılar, Köylüler ve Tüccarlar)

The course concentrates on the role of Warriors, Peasants, and Merchants in Japanese history. Political/legal institutions of the Tokugawa period (1600-1868) constitute major topics of discussion. Particular emphasis on the historiographical debate about feudalism and the emergence of capitalism in Japan. Students are expected to be familiar with Asian Civilizations and Japanese History.

HIST 572 Seminar on Japan since 1868 (3)
(1868 Sonrası Japonya Semineri)

Seminar on selected topics on Japan's modernization experience from a comparative perspective. Institutional and intellectual history of late Tokugawa, Meiji Japan, and a study of Japanese economic growth and scientific/technological progress will be subjects of intensive study.

HIST 573 Seminar on China and Central Asia (3)
(Çin ve Orta Asya Semineri)

Seminar on Chinese and Central Asian historical interaction. The history of the Uigur/and other Turkic peoples in the inner Asian frontiers of China.

HIST 574 Seminar in Chinese History (3)
(Çin Tarihi Semineri)

Selected Topics on the Chinese state tradition, social, economic, cultural, and intellectual trends of the late Ch’ing dynasty, the 1911 Chinese nationalist revolution and the emergence of nationalism and republicanism. Hhe student is expected to know Asian Civilizations and Chinese History.

HIST 575 Archaeometry I (3)
(Arkeometri I)

Introduction to archaeological materials, principles of chemical, physical, microscopic and spectroscopic methods and their applications in the study of archaeological materials, microstructure-property relationships.

HIST 576 Archaeometry II (3)
(Arkeometri II)

Principles of prospecting, radioactive and non radioactive dating methods, source analysis and ancient trade, pyrotechnology, decay and conservation.

HIST 579 Graduate Seminar 
(Lisansüstü Seminer)

Seminars offered by faculty, guest speakers, and/or graduate students designed to widen students' perspectives on specific topics of interest and to expand their range of scientific research techniques and publication ethics, scientific research techniques and methods in the field of history; presentations and discussions on the basic principles of research and publication ethics. 

HIST 582-583 Selected Readings in Classical Ottoman History I,II (3)
(Klasik Osmanlı Tarihi Seçilmiş Okumalar I,II)

A detailed analysis of selected readings of the early Ottoman era in history and historiography.

HIST 584-585 Selected Readings in Modern Ottoman History I,II (3)
(Geç Dönem Osmanlı Tarihi Üzerine Seçme Okumalar I, II)

A detailed analysis of selected readings of the late Ottoman era in history and historiography.

HIST 588 Seminar in Anatolian Archaeology and History (3)
(Anadolu Tarihi ve Arkeolojisi Semineri)

Seminar on a selected topic selected from the second or first millennium B.C. Anatolia. Different aspects of Anatolian culture through all available sources; preparation and presentation of research paper.

HIST 590-591 Selected Topics in European History I, II (3)
(Avrupa Tarihine İlişkin Seçilmiş Konular I, II)

Reading and discussion of themes and problems in European history. Emphasis on class discussion, directed reading and independent research. Previous exposure to European history is expected.

HIST 592 Cross-cultural issues in visual arts and architecture (3)
(Görsel Sanatlar ve Mimarlıkta Kültürler Arası Etkileşim)

Seminar on artistic contacts and interactions between different cultural spheres within the Eurasian and Mediterranean worlds; focus on a selected topic in the medieval, early modern and/or modern periods; paths and patterns of cultural exchange, shared traditions and visual idioms, shifts in meaning and use of images and forms through different contexts, perceptions and representations of the other.

HIST 596 Seminar in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and History (3)
(Eski Yakın Doğu Arkeolojisi ve Tarihi ve Semineri)

Seminar on a selected area and period from the Ancient Near East; preperation and presentation of research paper.

HIST 597 Seminar in Aegean History and Archaeology (3)
(Ege Tarihi ve Arkeolojisi Semineri)

Seminar on a selected topic in second or first millennium B.C. Aegean archeaology. Different aspects of Aegean culture through all available sources; preparation and presentation of research paper.

HIST 598 Seminar on European Art and Architecture (3)
(Avrupa Sanatı ve Mimarlığı)

Seminar on a particular period and aspect of early modern or modern Western art and architecture; study of major works and relevant primary sources on the subject; discussion of central issues and theoretical and methodological questions related to the topic.

HIST 601 History Seminar (3)
(Tarih Semineri)

Selected readings in the student's area of specialization, with the guidance of the academic advisor.

HIST 603 Seminar in Contemporary Methods in History (3) 
(Tarihte Çağdaş Yöntemler Semineri)

A colloquium intended to introduce the student to a variety of technique and analytical tools recently developed by historians and the discussion of contemporary theoretical trends in research.

HIST 604 Seminar in Social History  (3)
(Sosyal Tarih Semineri)

A seminar on sources and methodology in history designed in a flexible way so as to combine a general evaluation of recent historiographical and methodological developments in the field.

HIST 605 The Evolution of the World Economy 1450-1470 (3)
(Dünya Ekonomisinin Evrimi: 1450-1750)

The dawn and initial shaping of the capitalist world system, beginning with the Age of Exploration: the emergence of first signs of hegemony among the various regional civilizations of the world. The gradual translation of that politico-military advantage into an economic edge. The shrinking of the globe; the shift from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic,the movement of Europe into the center of the new paradigm.

HIST 609 Topics in 19th and 20th Century History (3)
(19. ve 20. Yüzyıl Tarihinde Konular)

A special readings course on a scale of late-modern to post- modern problems like liberalism and labour in the aftermath of the Industrial Revolution; Socialism, Marxism and Communism; States and revolutions in comparative perspective; and democracy and mass culture-offered as an alternative to having individual, more specialisedcourses on these subjects.

HIST 611 Seminar in Late Ottoman History (3)
(Geç Osmanlı Tarihi Semineri)

The aim of this course is to provide directed readings for advanced level students into several critical themes in late Ottoman politics and intellectual developments. Themes such as the growth of the idea of secular institutions, law, mass schooling and the formation of ideology are to be the main centers of interest. The analysis of texts such as the Tanzimat Edict of 1839 and the Law of Ottoman nationality will provide the basis for understanding the late Ottoman official ideology. The course presumes considerable prior knowledge of Ottoman history.

HIST 612 Historiography in 20th Century Turkey (3)
(20. Yüzyıl Türkiyesinde Tarih Yazıcılığı)

A critical and comparative review of the development of Turkish historiography and literary methods. The rise of national historiography.The course will emphasize the relations between national construction and Turkish identity.

HIST 613 The Ottoman Empire, the Great Powers and the Eastern Question (3)
(Osmanlı İmparatorluğu, Büyük Güçler ve Doğu Sorunu)

This is a two part course in European/Ottoman political/diplomatic history. It aims to prepare the advanced student for research in Ottoman and/or European archives.

HIST 615 The Political History of 20th Century Turkey (3)
(20. Yüzyıl Türkiyesi’nin Siyasal Tarihi)

The course will focus on the political history of Turkey from the late Hamidian era and the Young Turk Revolution to the multi-party era of the Democrat Party

HIST 616 The Intellectual History of the Republic (3)
(Cumhuriyet’in Düşünce Tarihi)

The emphasis of the course will be on the intellectual debate in the early Republican period. In addition, the cultural and social institutions of the early years of the Republic in the 20’s and 30’s such as the “People’s Houses” organization will be analyzed in the context of the intellectual milieu of the era. Major trends covered will be the rise of nationalist discourse and democratic thought in Turkey.

 HIST 617 The History of Urbanization in Turkey (3) 
(Türkiye’de Şehircilik Tarihi)

The role of population trends as a factor in history. The course will discuss population trends, and the impact of population exchange and immigration in Ottoman Turkey and the Republic. The course will deal with such relevant subjects as the history of preventive and remedial medicine in the demographic transition from a traditional village society to rapid urbanization

HIST 633 Readings in Byzantine History (3)
(Bizans Tarihi Üzerine Okumalar)

Readings on selected themes of Byzantine rural and urban history, including the condition of the Byzantine peasantry. Byzantine urban life, revealing the nature and function of Byzantine cities as centers of population, trade, manufacture, culture, and administration.

HIST 635 Seminar in Byzantine Institutions (3)
(Bizans Kurumları Semineri)

Introduction to the sources and problems of Byzantine institutional history, focusing on the classical institutions of the land regime and central administration, legal institutions, guilds, the Church and monasteries

HIST 636 Seminar in Byzantine and Early Ottoman History (3)
(Bizans ve Erken Osmanlı Tarihi Semineri)

A seminar designed to introduce students to historiographical controversies, and methodological approaches for selected topics in the fields of Byzantine and early Ottoman history. Special attention will be given to possibilities for joint research in the two fields, and to the theme of continuity and change during the transtion from Byzantine to Ottoman society. As a prerequisite, students are expected to possess a basic knowledge of Byzantine and early Ottoman history.

HIST 661 Seminar in European History in the 18th and 19th Centuries (3)
( 19.Yüzyıllar Avrupa Tarihi Semineri)

The course will focus on the emergence of secular ideology during the Age of Enlightenment and its influence leading up to the French Revolution. The French Revolution will be examined in detail, focusing on such themes as the role of the aristocracy in bringing about revolutionary ideas and the question of whether there was in fact something which could be called a “bourgeois revolution.” The course will examine recent debates around these issues. The course assumes considerable previous knowledge of European history.

HIST 663 Readings in Medieval History (3)
(Ortaçağ Tarihi Okumaları)

Reading and research on selected topics in the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the medieval West (4th-15th centuries). Students will gain familiarity with the history of medievalist scholarship, major historiographical controversies, and a wide range of primary sources, as well as research tools and techniques required for advanced study of medieval history.

HIST 664 Readings in Western History (3)
(Batı Tarihi Okumaları)

This course is designed as a directed readings course which will guide the students in reading around a topic which interests them in the history of Europe and the Americas.

HIST 671 Twentieth Century Japan (3)
(20. yy. Japonyası Semineri)

The political developments and intellectual trends of Japanese history before and after the II World War will be studied. The development will be considered in a comparative light. Concerning the prewar period, such as Japanese imperial experience, Asianism, nationalism, westernism, leftist movements, heavy industrialization and the maturation of urban culture will be emphasized in addition to postwar developments such as US occupation reforms, economic boom, and social trends as well as the women’s movement in today’s Japan.

HIST 673-674 Readings in Japanese History I and II (3)
(Japonya Tarihinden Okumalar II)

Readings in Japanese sources on Japanese history with emphasis on special research topics.

HIST 680 Selected Topics in Japanese History (3)
(Japon Tarihinden Seçme Konular)

General Seminar dealing with the problems and possibilities of research in Japanese studies. Selected topics in Japanese history from a comparative perspective. Students are expected to be familiar with Asian civilizations and Japanese history.

HIST 681-682 Selected Topics in Sources for Asian History I and II (3)
(Asya Tarihi ile İlgili Kaynaklar Üzerine Seçme Konular I-II)

Seminar in the use of Chinese and other sources such as dynastic histories for topics in Asian and Turkish history.

HIST 683 Seminar in Seljuk Art and Architecture   (2+0+2)  3
(Selçuklu Sanat ve Mimarisi Üzerine Seminer)

Seminar on art and architecture of Anatolian Seljuks and contemporary Islamic dynasties in Anatolia during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Links of Anatolian Seljuk art and architecture to the artistic traditions of Iran, Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean; emphasis on broader political, cultural, and social patterns of medieval Anatolia; review and discussion of historiography.

HIST 684-699 Selected Topics in History (3)
(Tarihte Özel Konular)

Study of special topics in history not covered in other courses at the graduate level.

HIST 685 Readings in Ancient Greek and Roman History (3)
(Eski Yunan ve Roma Tarihi Okumaları)
Prerequisite HIST 531 or HIST 532

A study of selected topics in Ancient Greek and Roman history; readings in the original languages.

HIST 687 Seminar in Eastern Mediterranean Interconnections (3)

Interregional studies of the ancient world; investigation of a selected aspect, region or period of Eastern Mediterranean ancient history, using a comparative approach

HIST 690 M.A. Thesis

HIST 691 Seminar in Ottoman Art, Visual Culture and Urban Environment (3)
(Osmanlı Sanatı, Görsel Kültürü ve Kent Çevresi Üzerine Seminer I)

Seminar on a particular aspect of Ottoman visual culture, art and architecture in the late medieval and early modern periods; topics include formation and transformation of visual idioms, patterns of artistic patronage, artistic and architectural culture, architecture within the urban context, practices, relations between centers and peripheries, modes of visual representation, cultural interactions and cross-cultural influences between Ottomans and other political and cultural realms.

HIST 692 Seminar in Ottoman Art, Visual Culture and Urban Environment II (3) 
(Osmanlı Sanatı, Görsel Kültürü ve Kent Çevresi Üzerine Seminer II)

Ottoman Seminar on a particular aspect of Ottoman visual culture, art and architecture in the modern period; topics include transformations in Ottoman artistic culture within the context of larger sociopolitical and cultural developments, multiculturalism in late Ottoman society as reflected in the art of the period, interaction between academic and vernacular idioms, orientalism and the visual arts, national identity and architecture.

HIST 693 Seminar in Ancient History and Archaeology (3)
(Eski Çağ Tarihi ve Arkeolojisi Semineri)

Selected historical period of the pre-classical world within the Eastern Mediterranean region (Anatolia, Aegean, Ancient Near East); archaeological data in a historical framework; emphasis on problem oriented research and relevant theoretical debates.

HIST 694 Seminar in Islamic Art, Architecture and Urbanism (3)
(İslam Sanatı, Mimarlığı ve Şehirciliği Semineri)

Seminar on a particular period and area of the art, architecture, and urbanism of the Islamic world; focus on the medieval, early modern or modern period; emphasis on cross-cultural interactions between different social and political entities; comparative perspectives on different cultural milieus within the larger Islamic world and beyond.

HIST 790 Ph.D. Thesis