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Turkish Studies

Turkish Studies

Programme Director: Antonis Anastasopoulos, Assistant Professor

Study Consultants: a) Antonis Anastasopoulos, office 78, Department of History and Archaeology, tel. 0030 28310 773680030 28310 77368, anastasopoulos@phl.uoc.gr, b) Elias Kolovos, office 61, Department of History and Archaeology, tel. 0030 28310 773410030 28310 77341, kolovos@phl.uoc.gr

Information: Departmental Secretariat, tel.: 0030 28310 773370030 28310 77337, 77379, e-mail: history@phl.uoc.gr
Website: www.history-archaeology.uoc.gr

Ι. Presentation of the Programme
The Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Crete runs a Postgraduate Study Programme (P.S.P.) in “Turkish Studies” in collaboration with the Institute for Mediterranean Studies of the Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (FORTH), in accordance with Ministerial Decision Β7/44166/23.6.2005 (Greek State Official Gazette Issue 901/1.7.2005) and the articles 10 to 12 of the law 2083/92.
The P.S.P. in Turkish Studies aims at promoting knowledge and developing research by training researchers in Turkish history. The programme primarily focuses on the examination of the history of the Ottoman Empire, but may also cover other periods of Turkish history, including the history of the Turkish Republic.
The purposes of the Programme are to familiarize the students with the problems and methods of the historical research and to prepare them for doing a Ph.D. in the area of history. In this context, it aims at training researchers capable of conducting academic research through the use of Ottoman and Turkish historical sources. To make this possible, the Programme offers classes in Ottoman language, diplomatics and palaeography, as well as in modern Turkish, as necessary implements for the conduct of research in the field of Ottoman and Turkish history.

II. Degrees and Duration of Study
1. Degrees
The P.S.P. awards:
a) Postgraduate Specialization Degree in Turkish Studies (equivalent to Masters Degree)
b) Ph.D./Doctoral Degree in Turkish Studies

2. Duration of Study
The time span for the completion of studies and the award of the Postgraduate Specialization Degree is set at four (4) at least and six (6) at most academic semesters. This time span may be extended by two (2) more semesters by decision of the General Assembly of Special Composition (G.A.S.C.) of the Department of History and Archaeology.
For the Ph.D./Doctoral Degree a minimum of six (6) academic semesters is required.

ΙΙΙ. Entry/Admission Requirements
1. Graduate Categories
For the acquisition of the Postgraduate Specialization Degree in Turkish Studies the P.S.P. admits first of all graduates of departments of Humanities and Social Sciences of Greek universities or recognised congener institutions abroad, graduates of departments of T.E.I. (Technological Educative Institutions) of relative cognitive fields, according to the section 12c of the article 5 of the law 2916/2001, as well as graduates of other departments of Greek H.E.I. (Higher Education Institutions) or recognised congener institutions abroad.

The selection of postgraduate students is made according to the article 12, section 2 of the law 2083/1992. In particular, the following factors (all in a 10-degree scale) are being quantified/co-estimated:
• Degree grade with coefficient 1
• Oral interview with coefficient 2
• Written exam with coefficient 2
• Oral exam with coefficient 2
• Foreign Language with coefficient 1
• Written proposal of the candidate with coefficient 0.5
Necessary requirement for the candidate’s admission is to take a pass in all exams (oral and written exam, interview and foreign language) and to accumulate at least 60 units out of a total of 85.

2. Number of students being admitted
Entry exams for the admission of candidates for the acquisition of the Postgraduate Specialization Degree are held once every two years. The number of students being admitted every other year is set at a maximum of five (5).

IV. Regulation and Curriculum
1. Programme of courses of the First Cycle of Postgraduate Studies
The courses and other educational and research activities for the award of the Postgraduate Specialization Degree (P.S.D.) are defined as follows:
1st Semester
History seminar
Introduction to the Ottoman language
Turkish language

2nd Semester
History seminar
Ottoman diplomatics and palaeography
Turkish language

3rd Semester
History seminar
Ottoman diplomatics and palaeography
Turkish language

4th Semester
History seminar
Seminar from another P.S.P.s of the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Crete
Ottoman diplomatics and palaeography
Turkish language

For the acquisition of the Postgraduate Specialization Degree (P.S.D.) in Turkish Studies each postgraduate student must participate successfully in five (5) postgraduate history seminars, one of which must necessarily be selected from the seminars offered by the P.S.P.s of the Department of History and Archaeology in “Byzantine Studies”, “Contemporary Greek and European History” and “History of Art”, after obtaining the consent of the teaching staff of both the P.S.P. in “Turkish Studies” and the other P.S.P. Each seminar lasts three hours per week for thirteen weeks and corresponds to six (6) ECTS credit units, with the exception of the seminar from another P.S.P. of the Department of History and Archaeology, which corresponds to twelve (12) ECTS credits. Each postgraduate student must accumulate thirty-six (36) ECTS credits by the successful completion of postgraduate history seminars.
Furthermore, the postgraduate student must attend successfully for four semesters a) courses in Ottoman language, diplomatics and palaeography and b) courses in modern Turkish language. Each of these courses is being taught at least three hours per week for thirteen weeks. Each one of the eight (8) courses in Ottoman language, diplomatics and palaeography, and modern Turkish language corresponds to three (3) ECTS credit units. Each postgraduate student must accumulate twenty four (24) ECTS credits by the successful completion of the above courses.
Last, each postgraduate student must write, submit and defend in public at the Department of History and Archaeology a final postgraduate thesis. The writing and successful defence of the thesis corresponds to sixty (60) ECTS credit units. The topic of the thesis may be assigned during the third semester of studies of the postgraduate student, provided s/he has successfully met his/her obligations for the first two semesters.
In brief, for the acquisition of the P.S.D. each student must complete successfully five postgraduate history seminars, four courses in Ottoman language, diplomatics and palaeography, and four courses in modern Turkish language, as well as defend successfully his/her final postgraduate thesis.
The assessment and grading of students is made according to the faculty’s judgement through written or oral examination or written essay or a combination of the above. Normally, postgraduate history seminars of history are assessed through written essays, the courses in Ottoman diplomatics and palaeography through written examination and the courses in Turkish language through written and oral examination. The student’s final postgraduate theses are examined by three-member examination committees appointed by the G.A.S.C. of the Department of History and Archaeology. The student’s final grade results from his/her performance in the final postgraduate thesis taking into consideration also his/her performance in the seminars and courses. The degree which is awarded has three scales (good/pass, very good, excellent/distinction).

Compulsory courses offered during the academic year 2008-2009:

Winter semester of academic year 2008-2009

Course title Course type ECTS credit units Instructor
Introduction to Ottoman history Seminar 6 Marinos Sariyannis
Introduction to Ottoman language (Ottoman diplomatics and palaeography I) Course 3 Elias Kolovos
Turkish language I Course 3 Gülsün Aksoy-Aivali

Spring semester of academic year 2008-2009

Course title Course type ECTS credit units Instructor
Ottoman state and society Seminar 6 Antonis Anastasopoulos
Ottoman diplomatics and palaeography II Course 3 Marinos Sariyannis
Turkish language II Course 3 Gülsün Aksoy-Aivali

The P.S.P. in Turkish Studies is supported, apart from the University of Crete, also by the Institute for Mediterranean Studies of the Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas. The Institute for Mediterranean Studies possesses a library specialized in Turkish and Islamic studies. The collection of the library of the University of Crete is also rich in these subjects. The Institute for Mediterranean Studies moreover awards scholarships to a limited number of students on the basis of their performance in the entry exams.

2. Ph. D. degrees
Ph. D. candidate students need to hold a Postgraduate Specialization Degree in Turkish Studies of the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Crete or a similar degree from other Greek or foreign Universities.
In certain exceptional cases candidates without a Postgraduate Specialization Degree may be admitted, if the Department’s General Assembly of Special Composition (G.A.S.C.) considers that the requirements of the Postgraduate Specialization Degree are met by their research and publications.
Each student, after obtaining the consent of at least one member of the department’s Teaching and Research Staff, may submit an application for admission as a Ph.D. candidate in a particular topic. The G.A.S.C. appoints the supervisor and the other two members of the consulting committee. All three members of the consulting committee must be researchers whose subject is related to the topic of the proposed thesis.
For the Ph.D./Doctoral Degree the student must hand in to his/her supervisor:
• at the end of the first two semesters, a report on the progress of his/her research work
• at the end of the following semesters, parts of his/her dissertation according to the schedule, which s/he must produce in common with his/her supervisor.

The responsibility for the completion of the doctoral thesis within reasonable time limits is assumed by the postgraduate student in collaboration with his/her supervisor. The aforementioned three-member consulting committee supervises the progress of the thesis. The minimum duration for doing a Ph.D. is three years, whereas for any extension of this deadline a decision of the G.A.S.C., after a proposition made by the student’s supervisor, is required.
When the completion of the doctoral thesis approaches, the Department’s G.A.S.C. appoints a seven-member examination committee, which includes the three-member consulting committee. The doctoral thesis is defended by the postgraduate student during an open meeting of the Department’s General Assembly of Special Composition. The consent of at least five members of the examination committee is required for the approval of the dissertation.
The degree which is awarded has three scales (good/pass, very good, excellent/distinction).

Bibliography for entry exams in Turkish Studies