Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The general goal of this course is to educate individuals who are loyal to the nationalism concept of Atatürk, the Turkish Nation's national, ethical, spiritual and cultural values in line with the Principles of Atatürk and the Revolution, and who are open to universal and modern innovations.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Department of the Principles of Atatürk and Turkish Revolution History
Learning Outcomes
1Have knowledge about Atatürk’s reforms
2Have knowledge about the Turkish Foreign Policy in Atatürk’s period
3Have knowledge about Atatürk’s principles
4Have basic level of knowledge about the political developments in Turkey and the world during and after the Second World War.
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
Recommended Optional Programme Components
Course Contents
* Atatürk’s reforms * Turkish Foreign Policy in Atatürk’s period * Atatürk’s principles * Political developments in Turkey and the world after 1938.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
1The reforms in the political field (The removal of the sultanate, declaration of Ankara as the capital, declaration of the Republic and abolition of the Caliphate)
2The foundation of the Progressive Republican Party, Sheikh Said Rebellion, declaration of the tranquility law and the attempted assassination of Atatürk.
3The foundation of the Free Republican Party, The rally of Izmir, closing the party, Menemen and Bursa events.
4The Constitution of 1924, other constitutions, the developments in the area of law, reforms regarding the regulation of social life and the process of secularization of the Republic of Turkey
5Reforms related to education and Culture (the Unification of the Education, introduction of the Latin letters, National Schools, establishment of Turkish history and Turkish Language Institutions and their activities, Turkish history thesis, the sun-language theory, 1933 university reform, (the People's Houses), healthcare developments.
6İzmir Economic Congress, economic policies in the first years of the Republic, the World Economic Depression in 1929 and its reflection on the statist economic policy agenda of Turkey, and the I. Five-Year Development Program.
7Midterm Exam
8Turkish foreign policy during the Atatürk period (Turkish-English, Turkish-Soviet, Turkish-French, Turkish-Italian relations during 1923 to 1938, and relations with the neighbors, and Sadabat and Balkan Pacts).
9Kemalist Thought System, its scope and Principles (republicanism, secularism, nationalism, populism, statism, reformism) and threats to those principles.
10Turkey After Ataturk (Inonu's presidency, II. World War and Turkey, foundation of the Democratic Party and the transition to multiparty system).
11Democratic Party’s rule, Turkey's entry to NATO, 27 May 1960 military intervention.
12Political developments in Turkey during the 1960s and '70s (1961 Constitution, Justice Party’s rule, 12 March 1971 military intervention, left-right conflicts)
13Domestic political developments in Turkey from September 12 1980 to the present day (the country's situation after September 12 military intervention, the return to the civil administration, the Motherland Party government, the coalition government, political and economic crises, military interventions to the civil administrations).
14Foreign policy of Turkey from 1960 to the present (Turkey during the Cold War, developments with the European Union, the Cyprus Peace Operation, relation with neighbors).
15So-called Armenian genocide allegations and the facts (Armenians under the Ottoman rule, Armenian revolts, the relocation, Armenians during the National War of Independence and the Republic era, ASALA and Armenian terrorism, Turkey's actions in the face of the Armenian Diaspora
16Final exam
Recommended or Required Reading
REQUIRED READING: 1. Mevlüt Çelebi, Türk İnkılâp Tarihi, İzmir, 2009. RECOMMENDED READING: 1. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Speech, 4 volumes, TTK publications, Ankara, 2010.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Midterm Examination1100
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Final Sınavı1100
Term (or Year) Learning Activities40
End Of Term (or Year) Learning Activities60
Language of Instruction
Work Placement(s)
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Attending Lectures14228
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11222
Individual Study for Final Examination155
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
Ege University, Bornova - İzmir / TURKEY • Phone: +90 232 311 10 10 • e-mail: