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Overview

Turkology is the science of languages, literatures, history, religions and material cultures of the Turkish peoples in the past and present. Since the Turkic peoples can only be clearly identified to us over the entire period of their verifiable existence based on their languages ??and the language is already the central cultural tool of man, Turkology is based on occupation with linguistic products (especially with texts of various kinds) and acquisition of language skills (in order to be able to deal with as wide a range of texts as possible). To understand both the languages ??and the texts that make up the literature of a language, historical-cultural knowledge is also necessary. Because of the wide geographical distribution of the Turkic peoples and their proximity to or Membership in various adjacent religious and cultural groups (animistic, Christian, Buddhist, Islamic, Manichaean etc.) as well as languages ??or language families (Chinese, Iranian (especially Persian), Mongolian, Russian, Tibetan, Ural etc.) must have at least a basic knowledge of the relevant areas can be acquired or ways can be learned how to obtain further information about the respective contact unit if necessary. Since many Turkic peoples have been Islamized in the course of history mostly through contact with Persian speakers (whose vocabulary was heavily interspersed with Arabic), more special attention must be paid to this area. Iranian (especially Persian), Mongolian, Russian, Tibetan, Ural, etc.) must at least acquire a basic knowledge of the relevant areas or learn how to obtain further information via the respective contact unit if necessary. Since many Turkic peoples have been Islamized in the course of history mostly through contact with Persian speakers (whose vocabulary was heavily interspersed with Arabic), more special attention must be paid to this area. Iranian (especially Persian), Mongolian, Russian, Tibetan, Ural, etc.) must at least acquire a basic knowledge of the relevant areas or learn how to obtain further information via the respective contact unit if necessary. Since many Turkic peoples have been Islamized in the course of history mostly through contact with Persian speakers (whose vocabulary was heavily interspersed with Arabic), more special attention must be paid to this area.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The master’s course comprises a basic course, a focus course and a specialization phase.

The structure and course of the course are regulated by the course regulations. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the examination performances of the modules and the master’s examination. In the regulations, the credit points (LP) for each module or each event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

The master's thesis should show that the students are able to independently work on and present a research task using scientific methods. After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Arts (MA) is awarded.

Modules of the course

Basic studies

module Turkish language history
module Islamic theories and methodology for Turkologists or phonetics, morphology and syntax of a Mongolian or Tungusian language

Major study

module Unity and diversity of the Turkic languages ??and Turkic peoples
module Turkish literature
module Iran and Turan
module Ottoman

Consolidation phase

module Turkological Research Colloquium: Current Issues in Turkic Studies

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To be admitted to the master’s degree, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in the History and Culture of the Middle East at Freie Universität Berlin with a focus on Turkish Studies or an equivalent other university degree that corresponds to the content and structure of the above-mentioned Bachelor's degree at Freie Universität Berlin,
  • Proof of language proficiency in English (level B2 GER) for applicants whose mother tongue is not English and who did not acquire their university degree at an educational institution where English is the language of instruction.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Graduates have in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced professional skills.

The knowledge and skills acquired during the course qualify the graduates to work in state and non-state institutions and organizations that deal with countries and regions with a Turkish-speaking population. In addition to a scientific career, occupational fields such as journalism, consulting, social work with Turkish-speaking migrants, activities, for example in the field of education and further training, are conceivable.


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