Fall Semester 2014

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Courses Offered:


TURK-003 Beginning Turkish I – 4 credits
TURK-021 Intermediate/Advanced Turkish – 3 credits
(This course requires the equivalent of one or more academic years’ previous study of the Turkish Language, or permission of the instructor.)


ECON 254-62: GLOBAL TRADE ISSUES: A Case Study in Turkey
(Professor Alan Bartley, 3 Credits)

Students will be introduced to a variety of economic theories regarding the rationales and implications for trade between nations. The class will also address the political and economic ramifications of different national policies and regional or global organizations promoting or restricting such trade through readings, discussions, guest expert speakers and visits to local institutions. Specifically, trade policy – including changes over time – will be viewed within practice within a European Union context and its effects on Turkey’s gross national product, trade balances and citizens in the country’s attempt for accession into the European Union.

ECON 276-62: ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS: A Study in Practice within the EU and Turkey
(Professor Alan Bartley, 3 Credits)

Students will be introduced to a variety of economic theories regarding how and why environmental issues could be addressed within economies, including societal versus private solutions. The class will also address the practical, political and ethical implementation of these different potential policies through readings, discussions, guest expert speakers and visits to local institutions. Specifically, environmental policy will be viewed within practice by explicit European Union environmental rules/regulations and the need for Turkey to adapt its environmental policies for accession into the European Union.

(Professor Bryan McCann, 3 Credits)
This course explores the meaning of the Mediterranean world, primarily in the Early Modern period through the nineteenth century. We will survey the early environmental history of the region, consider conceptualizations of the Mediterranean world, then explore the history of trans-regional contacts from the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa to the Balkans, Levant, and Anatolia. The lectures and readings will explore the rise and fall of Mediterranean empires, as well as the “frontier” cultures and identities formed through Mediterranean interaction. Topics include conflict and commerce in the Mediterranean world, the formation and reconsideration of religious and ethnic minorities, and the conflicted history of pluralism in the Mediterranean.

(Professor Bryan McCann, 3 Credits)
This course examines Turkish history from the late nineteenth-century to the present in the context of global transitions, seeking to understand Turkey both in its particularities and also as a striking example of broader phenomena. Several of the trends that shaped global history in the twentieth century emerged with particular strength in Turkey: the decline of empire and intensification of nationalism, political Westernization early in the century and mass-cultural Westernization in the mid-century and beyond, modernization, urbanization, sectarianism, ethnic cleansing—in every regard, analysis of the Turkish experience enriches understanding of broader patterns. This course will examine each of these major transitions, appraising both the internal complexities of the Turkish case and its connections to regional and global changes.

(Professor Elizabeth Hervey Stephen, 3 Credits)
This course will utilize a multidisciplinary approach to explore the meaning and experience of borders and related security concerns throughout the world, with a particular emphasis on historical and current borders of Turkey. We will utilize a variety of disciplines—political science, geography, ethics, history, and demography—to examine issues of national, regional, and local identity in relation to the changing international context. After an interdisciplinary introduction to border studies, the next unit focuses on the historical importance of the Ottoman Empire and how the emergence of nation states brought about the need for country borders. Additional units examine contested borders, EU immigration policy, and xenophobia. The class then examines current immigration and security issues in the United States that result from having relatively porous borders to the south. The next unit focuses on reunification; we then return to Turkish topics to examine natural resources that cross national borders. The course culminates in a major project in which each student prepares an exhibit for an online museum.

(Professor Elizabeth Hervey Stephen, 3 Credits)
This course examines current population issues in Turkey, with a look back to historical trends. Lively class debates focus on current political concerns related to fertility, immigration, labor concerns, aging, and other topics. We will analyze historical and modern forces that shape population policy, and then study how those policies affect the economic, social, and political fabric of Turkey. Critical writing and presentation skills are emphasized in the course, including reflections of your experience in a blog and an opportunity for you to integrate your academic work and extracurricular activities in an ePortfolio. The course will emphasize demographic theory and constructs, and will explore the interrelationship of demography with Turkey’s economy and political situation. Each week will include a demographic lab in which students will learn how to compute demographic measures using excel and other easily accessible software programs.


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Fall 2014 Program Calendar:

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Program Fees

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Application Deadlines for Fall 2014:
Georgetown Students and non-GU priority deadline: February 11, 2014 – Click here to apply.

The McGhee Center is open to both Georgetown and non-Georgetown students and accepts applicants from a wide range of academic backgrounds and majors, including European, Middle Eastern, and Eurasian Studies; International Affairs; Classical Studies; History; Geography; Art History; Cultural Studies; and more. To meet alumni of the McGhee Center, please like our Facebook page.

For more information, please contact Mia Pezzanite, Global Living and Learning Programs Advisor, (202) 687-5867, mep92@georgetown.edu.

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