Close

Course Descriptions

  TPECTS
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology I 3 0 6
Introduction to basic concepts and topics of sociology; concepts of power, socialization, social stratification and classes, identities, gender, race/ethnicity, the State, social, political and economic institutions.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 102 Introduction to Sociology II 3 0 5
Analysis of the political, economic and social institutions of the society in a comparative and cross-cultural perspective; historical change and transformation of social structures. Prerequisite: SOC 101.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 111 Introduction to Anthropology 3 0 5
Human societies in different cultural contexts; theories of culture and social structure; an examination of major human institutions, i.e., kinship, economic, political and religious, in a cross-cultural perspective.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 185 Introduction to Social Anthropology (Turkish) 2 0 3
Basic concepts and principles, contents and aim of social anthropology, the definition of culture, cultural characteristics, theories of social and cultural change, culture and personality traits; applied anthropology and relationship with social service.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 188 Introduction to Sociology (Turkish) 2 0 2
Fundamentals, content and theory of sociology; social structure and features; social stratification, social relationship, social change; basic characteristic of social institutions in the World and in Turkey; relationship between sociology and social service.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 189 Sociology of Family (Turkish) 2 0 3
Origin of the family; its function, structure, and development throughout history; families in rural and urban areas; endogamy, exogamy, polygamy, monogamy; families in various religions and societies; individuals who constitute the family, their role and status; role of the family in the socialization of children; problems associated with modernization.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 222 Social Change and Development 3 0 5
Content and context of major theories of social change and development; evaluation of the relevance of these theories to historical experience in different world regions, current issues in development.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 224 Urban Sociology 3 0 5
A comparative study of urban societies and institutions; the origins and evolution of towns in Western Europe and in the East; medieval, early modern, industrial and post-modern cities; major theoretical approaches in urban sociology; recent urban trends and processes: suburbanization, gentrification and globalization and development; patterns of labor utilization in world cities and state policies.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 225 Rural Sociology 3 0 5
Rural social structure, changing social relations in rural societies; peasants in market economy and development; types of peasant production, patterns of labor utilization in agriculture, modernization of agriculture and state policies, peasantry in relation to world economy.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 251 History of Sociological Thought I 3 0 5
The course focuses on the founding figures of sociology: Karl Marx, August Comte, Emile Durkheim and Max Weber.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 252 History of Sociological Thought II 3 0 5
This course is a sequel to Soc 251 and focuses on the prominent sociologists of 20th century; the work of Georg Simmel, Ferdinand Tönnies, Frankfurt School theorists (Theodor W. Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Walter Benjamin and Herbert Marcuse), Talcott Parsons, Niklas Luhmann, Pierre Bourdieu, Jürgen Habermas and Michel Foucault. Prerequisite: SOC 251.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 262 Sociology of Family 3 0 5
Major theoretical approaches to the familial institution; family as a social institution in history; the structure and “types” of family, economic, social and reproductive functions of the family; changing role of the family and social change, sexual division of labor within family; labor use in family; patriarchy, marriage and patterns of kinships.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 303 Quantitative Methods in Sociology 3 1 6
Techniques of summarizing and interpreting social science data; descriptive statistics, probability theory and probability distributions, decision theory, testing statistical hypotheses, statistical estimation, non-parametric statistics, correlation and regression analysis; use of a software program designed to process social science data. Prerequisite: IR 303.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 304 Data Analysis 3 1 6
Applied quantitative research methods with advanced statistical analysis; application of multivariate regression, ANOVA and similar statistical techniques to research problems through SPSS or similar computer programs; application of survey research and document analysis, analysis of secondary data sets. Prerequisite: SOC 303.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 306 Qualitative Research Methods 3 1 6
Theory and practice of qualitative research methods used in sociology and anthropology; philosophical assumptions and paradigms underlying qualitative methodologies, design alternatives and issues, data collection techniques such as interviewing and participant observation, issues of reliability and validity, data analysis and reporting strategies, discussion of ethics in qualitative inquiry. Prerequisite: IR 303.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 323 Sociological Thought in Turkey 3 0 6
A survey of sociological thinking in Turkey; major figures and texts, dominant theoretical orientations, selected topics and problems, major premises, aspirations, and politics in the development of sociological thought in Turkey from an historical perspective.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 326 Sociology of Work and Organization 3 0 5
Development of industrial societies; different industrialization strategies and their political, social implications, evolution of work and work ethic from ancient times to the present, Taylorism, human relations, neo-human relations school, theories of production systems, labor process and de-skilling debates, labor market segmentation, informal forms of work, women’s and child labor, trade unions and industrial conflict, transformation of work in post-industrial society, and post-Fordism.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 341 Social Stratification and Inequality 3 0 5
Karl Marx’s and Max Weber’s groundbreaking works on social stratification and inequality; how contemporary sociologists explore structures of modern societies and social mobility within the framework of social stratification and inequality.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 345 Everyday Racism 3 0 5
Modern racist ideologies; everyday racism that will contribute to the development of anti-racist thought and practices.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 351 Critical Theory (Frankfurt School) I 3 0 5
The writings of the first generation of Critical Theorists, the theorists of so-called Frankfurt School until the late 1960's.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 352 Critical Theory (Frankfurt School) II 3 0 5
An overview of the development of critical thought within the second and third generation of Frankfurt School thinkers.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 353 Feminist Theory 3 0 5
Definition of feminism; the place of feminism in different disciplines and paradigms; major texts, concepts and theoretical approaches (Marxist, structuralist, post-structuralist, post-colonialist, psychoanalytic); the position of women in the society, gender identities, tools of feminist theory to examine and understand the society, realizing and understanding oppressed groups, femininity and masculinity, sexual orientation, intersecting inequalities, women’s movement and feminist activism.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 355 Concept of Power 3 0 5
The concept of power plays a crucial role in defining social relations: Depending on how we conceptualize power, we give disparate answers to fundamental questions such as “what is society?” or “what is a good society?”; different concepts of power utilized by important social thinkers will be analyzed.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 363 Crime and Deviance 3 0 5
Historical analysis of phenomena and behaviors considered as immoral, illegal, abnormal or pathological; physical, sexual and domestic violence, suicide and mental disorder, sexual deviance, drug and tobacco use, crimes of the powerful and powerless, stigmatization and norms, social control; social construction of deviance, different theoretical approaches.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 372 Migration Studies 3 0 5
Causes and consequences of transnational migration; the effects of state policies on migrants in countries of emigration and immigration; economic and cultural globalization, social, cultural and political citizenship, demographic forces in international migration, transnational identity, forced migration, labor migration, circular migration, undocumented migration and trafficking.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 382 Sociology of Gender 3 0 6
An inquiry into the relation between gender and social structure and practice; the position of women in society, their accession to economic and political spheres, history of women’s movement in different societies, women in the family and home, construction of gender identities, meanings attached to masculinity and femininity, contextuality of gender differences, gendered nature of social reality.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 384 Economic Sociology 3 0 5
Comparative analysis of the role, meaning and function of economic activities in social life; the relationship between economic behavior and social structure, institutions, state and politics; the role of state in economic activity, labor and finance markets, globalization, basic paradigms on growth and development.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 399 Contemporary Issues in Sociology 3 0 5
Social structures; social, economic, political and cultural origins of contemporary social issues; individual-society relationship within the context of social issues; social transformations and social movements; changing social issues with respect to time and space ; analyses of contemporary social issues within the context of state, institutions, gender, space, trends and processes.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 402 Feminist Research Methods 3 0 5
A feminist review of research methods, the effect of method choice and application to research outcomes, critical approach of feminist scholars to dominant paradigms and methodologies, the impact of gender perspective and feminist politics on all stages of social research.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 434 Politics and Culture in the Middle East 3 0 5
Ethnic origins of Middle Eastern peoples and the historical roots of Middle Eastern culture; ecological, cultural and socio-economic diversity; political history of modern Middle East, its incorporation into the world economy and global power order; colonization, growth of mass politics, nationalism and nation-state building, citizenship, development and gender issues as well as critical turning points, with regard to internal as well as foreign policies in selected Middle Eastern countries from late nineteenth century to present day.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 435 Current Social and Political Issues in Turkey 3 0 5
The structural characteristics of Turkish society; social, cultural and economic bases of Turkey’s social problems; social problems in terms of the relations between individual and society; transformation of social problems in time and space; different approaches to social problems and solutions; principal academic and political debates on Turkey’s social structure.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 436 Sociology of Mass Communication and Media 3 0 5
Mass communication theories; discussions on the mass media of communication and its role as a social institution, content, audience and the effect of the mass media, the functions of communications media in the formation of public opinion, cultural values and social control, analysis of examples from both early studies and current research.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 442 Critical Approaches to Social and Political Revolutions 3 0 5
Some of the successful revolutions dating back to the French Revolution from a historical and theoretical perspective; work of major social theorists that have reflected on the nature of revolutions.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 443 Modern Theories of Democracy 3 0 5
A survey of contemporary theories of democracy.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 445 Political Ideologies and Critiques of Ideology 3 0 5
The political ideologies of Liberalism, Socialism, Fascism/National Socialism and Anarchism; the problems of ideology-critique.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 446 Political Sociology 3 0 5
Political and sociological perspectives in an attempt to understand political structures and processes; theoretical, historical and empirical studies exemplifying the structures and agencies in the political domain; political culture, political socialization, participation, the origins and growth of the modern state, legitimacy, individualism, liberalism, concept of citizenship, globalization and discussions on nation-state, citizenship and welfare state.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 452 Globalization of Culture and Communication 3 0 4
Globalization of culture and trans-cultural communication; study of a multiplicity of various disciplinary approaches in an attempt to focus on the political economy of global communication; formation of a "world culture", transition to a post-industrial or post-Fordist mode of production; the transformation of the experience of time and space and the creation of new networks of information.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 461 Demography and Population Studies 3 0 4
Basic demographic concepts, the relationship between social, cultural and economic factors, population composition and structures, population theories and policies, causes and consequences of demographic processes, family and social structure, fertility, mortality and migration trends.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 462 Identity and Culture 3 0 5
Sociological approaches to the formation and transformation of collective identities; emphasis on the role of the modern nation-state, impact of international migration, mass media, new forms of cultural expression and politicization of identities; ethnic, racial and religious minorities and their relations with dominant cultures, increasing salience of identity politics and popular cultures.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 464 Sociology of Fine Arts 3 0 5
Due to its nature that defy a simple definition, the production and consumption of fine arts poses a great difficulty for thinkers, who try to give an explanation for its social significance; in this course a sociologically informed answer is searched for to the question “What is art”?

 

  TPECTS
SOC 472 Gender, Race/Ethnicity and Migration 3 0 5
World migration networks and regional examples, the importance of integrating sources of difference and inequality, such as gender, race/ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion to migration studies.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 480 State, Law, Family and Gender-Based Violence 3 0 5
Gender-based violence, patriarchal social structure, asymmetrical relations of power, gendered nature of the state and society, intersectionality of gender, race/ethnicity and class; state, law and family as central institutions of the society, their role in the reproduction of patriarchy and gender-based violence, the role of civil society in eradicating violence.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 482 Sociology of Religion 3 0 5
Religion and culture in a worldwide perspective; different approaches defining religion; patterns of differentiation among world religions; role of religion in the modernization process and effects of modernization on religion; organizational structures, patterns of institutionalization in religion; religion and social stratification; secularization debates; various studies in comparative religion with special reference to Max Weber.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 484 Gender and Culture in Turkey 3 0 5
Historical and sociological aspects of gender, femininity and masculinity in the Ottoman Empire and contemporary Turkish society from around 14th to the 21st century ; lives of non-elite women/men; gender and religion; modernization and gender issues; education, public life, family life, marriage, sexuality and divorce, cultural and legal traditions and ideology, politics and economic conditions; complex interconnections between gender-based movements and other socio-political and economic phenomena such as nationalism, nation-formation and citizenship, colonization and globalization, men/women’s response to the forces of discrimination.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 485 Gender and Culture in the Middle East 3 0 5
Historical and sociological aspects of gender relations, masculinity and femininity in Middle East from the 19th century to present day, lives of non-elite women and men; gender and religion, modernization, social policy, public life, family life, marriage, divorce and sexuality as well as cultural traditions and ideology, politics and economic conditions in selected Middle Eastern countries; complex interplays between gender-based movements and other socio-political and economic phenomena such as nationalism, nation-formation and citizenship; colonization and globalization, and women’s and men’s response to the forces of discrimination in the region.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 488 Regional Studies I 3 0 5
Analyses of societies and cultures of major world regions from sociological/anthropological perspective; common regional social structures and cultures, divergent social and cultural institutions, processes producing these.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 489 Regional Studies II 3 0 5
Analyses of societies and cultures of major world regions from sociological/anthropological perspective; common regional social structures and cultures, divergent social and cultural institutions, processes producing these.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 490 Regional Studies III 3 0 5
Analyses of societies and cultures of major world regions from sociological/anthropological perspective; common regional social structures and cultures, divergent social and cultural institutions, processes producing these.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 491 Regional Studies IV 3 0 5
Analyses of societies and cultures of major world regions from sociological/anthropological perspective; common regional social structures and cultures, divergent social and cultural institutions, processes producing these.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 492 Directed Research and Readings I 3 0 5
Faculty members assign reading and research tasks to students on selected topics and supervise their progress.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 493 Directed Research and Readings II 3 0 5
Faculty members assign reading and research tasks to students on selected topics and supervise their progress.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 494 Directed Research and Readings III 3 0 5
Faculty members assign reading and research tasks to students on selected topics and supervise their progress.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 495 Directed Research and Readings IV 3 0 5
Faculty members assign reading and research tasks to students on selected topics and supervise their progress.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 496 Specialization Seminar I 3 0 5
Advanced topics in sociological analysis.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 497 Specialization Seminar II 3 0 5
Advanced topics in sociological analysis.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 498 Specialization Seminar III 3 0 5
Advanced topics in sociological analysis.

 

  TPECTS
SOC 499 Specialization Seminar IV 3 0 5
Advanced topics in sociological analysis.