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MO3081 The Ottoman Empire 1300 - 1700

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:See

This module studies the development of the early modern Ottoman Empire from its rise and definitive establishment in the late Middle Ages until the end of the seventeenth century. In addition to knowledge of key events and institutions, the module aims to provide an introduction to the culture and social composition of the empire in the period under examination. Specific themes include Ottoman expansion in Europe and the Middle East; crisis and change; centralisation and its discontents; relations with neighbours, such as Safavid Iran, the Habsburg Empire, and the Portuguese in the Indian Ocean; and Ottoman attitudes toward the empire and wider world.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for History, Mediaeval History, Mediaeval History & Archaeology, Mediaeval Studies, Middle East Studies, Modern History and BA (Intl Hons) History.

UG Pre-requisite(s):60 credits from MO1007, MO1008, MO2008, HI2001, MH2002 OR 60 credits from ME1003, ME1006, ME2003, HI2001, MH2002
UG Anti-requisite(s):ME3610

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 2-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 22
  • Guided independent study: 278

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 60%
  • Practical examinations: 13%
  • Coursework: 27%
UG As used by St Andrews:3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%
UG Re-assessment:4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr D Kastritsis
Module teaching staff:Dr D Kastritsis