How our existence biologically and socially transformed into “human” other than different living creatures and politicization process of humans based on conscious power of production are focal points of grade 9 history courses. By politicization, transformations of all human creations in state, culture, religion, arts etc. and their relationship with production are pointed at. In short, every subject related to being “human” is discussed. Al in all, we aim to develop history literacy habit and making sense of the world and the life through macro examination.
Grade 10 and 11
Economic, political, cultural aspects of the Republic of Turkey and establishment and dissolution periods of Ottoman Empire are taught in grade 10 and 11 History courses. Basic questions sought for answers are as follows.
- How come a small chiefdom turned out to be a magnificent “World Emperorship”?
- How come “An Everlasting Emperorship” came down?
Students seek answers for these two questions for two academic years. The questions implicitly or directly address to struggle and rivalry. As a result it needs to be defined whether Ottoman Empire grew or receded. It is likely to talk about opponents who took after or not after Ottoman Empire. However, creator of the new world, the West which brought an end to Ottoman Empire and is still the ruling power around the world. “The West” forms the parameters which express the existence and absence of Ottoman Empire. In that case, three more questions are needed to ask;
- How come “The West” could not resist the growth of Ottoman Empire?
- How did “The West” keep its sovereignty around the world including in the Ottoman geography?
- Couldn’t the Ottoman Empire keep up with the pace of “Modern West”? Or was it not able to?
Republic of Turkey History and Kemalism – Grade 12
The history of establishment and institutionalization of Republic of Turkey is taught in this course. In another word, “Modernization Story of Turkey”. To summarize the process for the end of Ottoman Reign, “Revolution” is the only and the most appropriate word for an emperorship which calls itself as “Everlasting Emperorship”. Revolution is a war. However, its difference from other wars in its geography is its effort to create a new social chemistry. Our course structures the power of this transformation by measuring the magnitude of contradiction between parties. And we ask two basic questions.
- How sharp were the contradictions between the parties of Turkish Revolution and what was the power of these parties?
- What was the size of transformation energy that the revolution held?
Seeking answers for the aforementioned questions takes us to another question.
- According to which measures we will evaluate the Revolution of Turkey?
In short, if we accept “Modernization” as “process of western-centered transformation in the world”, the measures will inevitably be defined by the revolutions happened in the same category in the West. From that view, understanding modernization of Turkey entails knowing about its historical dynamics including dynamics and differences of the West. In addition, historical progress around the world starting from the 19th century till today is included in our course.
AP World History
The course is designed to analyze main sources, reaching a high level perception on chronological order of historical events through cause-effect relationship and to understand political, cultural and social events happened before and after Classical Era in the World’s History.
The aim of the course is not only associating links between historical concepts, but also developing detailed reading and writing skills. Students study like a historian while analyzing globally, interpreting a historical clue and questioning its reliability and validity, defining a point of view and putting strengths and weaknesses of the clue forward. Critical thinking abilities are very important since the main aim of the course is not simply going over historical phenomenon. Topics starting from the beginning of humanity and till Classical and Post-classical era are covered. Students are expected to engage in reading and writing outside the class. Writing skills are added to curriculum. The program also allows students to develop studying, critical reading and writing skills and evaluating primary and secondary sources.
AP European History
AP European History course is designed as an equivalent to two semesters of European History courses in colleges and academies. In this course, students analyze important events, people, developments and processes in four historical periods of European history from 14500 till today. While studying on the past students make use of intellectual thinking skills of historians. These skills can be listed as analyzing primary and secondary sources, developing historical views, making historical comparisons, making reasoning through cause-effect relationship, depending on continuity, time and the contexts. There are six topics which students need to analyze historical events between different time periods and regions. These are interaction between European and the World, poverty and welfare, personal views and objective information, governments and other ruling institutions, person and the community, national and European identity.
AP Comparative Government and Politics
AP Comparative Government and Politics is an introductory college-level course in comparative government and politics.The course uses a comparative approach to examine the political structures; policies; and political, economic, and social challenges of six selected countries: China, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, and the United Kingdom. Students cultivate their understanding of comparative government and politics through analysis of data and text-based sources as they explore topics like power and authority, legitimacy and stability, democratization, internal and external forces, and methods of political analysis.
TYT & AYT Elective History Course (for Core Aptitude and Department Aptitude Tests)
This course is designed to help 11th graders who prepare for national university admission exams develop their question-solving skills in history for Core Aptitude and Department Aptitude Tests.
History of Turkey in Cinema
Introduced in Paris by Lumiere brothers through the first film screening in 1895, cinema has been a communication tool that left a mark on the modern world. Based on light, motion, the impression of reality and a combination of images, cinema is among the indispensible means for modern mass medium, while also serving as a reference point for social sciences. In this course, specific themes throughout the history of Turkey, starting from the late Ottoman Empire, will be discussed based on selected movies (RURAL TURKEY, MIGRATION FROM THE VILLAGE TO THE CITY, WORKERS’ MIGRATION TO GERMANY, CITY AND URBANIZATION IN TURKEY AND URBANIZING MODERN TURKEY).