Supervisors: Zahera Harb (First Supervisor) and Melanie Bunce (Second Supervisor)
PhD Title: Communication Strategies of the Ak Party in Turkey
Taner’s PhD thesis focuses on the communication strategies of the AK Party in Turkey. He examines how the communication strategies, political and party messages have evolved between 2002 and 2014. The role of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s leadership is another focal point in portraying an image leader-symbol. Political public relations, social movement theories, Americanization of elections, collective identity and post-Islamism are themes throughout his work. He applies qualitative and quantitative research methods to his thesis.
- Political Communication
- Social Movements
After his Bachelor degree in Germany, Taner moved to London to study Global Media and Postnational Communication (MA) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London). For his MA thesis, entitled as “The Mobilization of Tahrir Square as an ’Arab Street’ and Al Jazeera’s role”, he researched both at the headquarters of Al Jazeera in Qatar and the American University of Cairo (AUC). During his stay in Egypt, he conducted in-depth interviews with journalists, activists and politician. He currently contributes to several online and print journals, and is a member of Chatham House and International Studies Association.
Public Presentations and Conference Papers
The Impact of the new geo-political dynamics on Middle Eastern societies, II. Middle Eastern Congress on Politics and Society, Sakarya University, Turkey, October 2014
- Chatham House
- International Studies Association
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research
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- Term 2
This module is for students with no prior knowledge of quantitative methods used in social research. Students will learn basic quantitative techniques used in social research and conduct the corresponding analyses using the SPSS statistical package, as well as recognise applications of basic quantitative methods in social science journal articles. The topics covered will be: descriptive statistics; graphs; hypothesis testing for sample means and proportions; two-way and three-way tables; simple linear regression; multiple linear regression; and binary logistic regression.
- Two-hour lecture per week
- 90 minute tutorial per week
Method of assessment
The assessment is a series of graded online statistical exercises spread through the entire module, a couple of weeks apart. Each test focuses on a specific topic and has a weight towards the final grade.
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