Course Descriptions

SOC 100
Introduction to Computer Application Programs
The course provides an introductory experience with software for encoding and processing numeric data, organizing literal information such as notes and bibliographies, making quantitative presentations and writing research reports.
SOC 101
Introduction to Sociology
Credits(3+0+0) ECTS4
Introduction to the basic concepts and principles of sociology. Includes a variety of theoretical perspectives and research findings that represent both the macro and microanalytical traditions in sociology.
SOC 106
Sociological Perspectives
The study of various perspectives germane to a sociological understanding of society.
SOC 108
Sociological Analysis
Credits(3+0+0) ECTS4
Analysis of the political, economic and social institutions of society in a comparative and cross-cultural perspective. Emphasis is placed on a historical change and transformation of social structures.
SOC 203
Advanced Computer Application Programs
The course provides advanced level of experience in software for encoding and processing data as well as literal information such as notes and bibliographies, making quantitative representations and writing research reports in the social sciences.
SOC 204
Introduction to Research Methods
Credits(4+0+0) ECTS7
An introduction to the methodology and research techniques used in social sciences. The logic of scientific inquiry. Formulation research problems; selection of the appropriate research design. General problems of measurement and data collection techniques.
SOC 209
Introduction to Comparative Historical Sociology
Reading of historical sources and scholarly writing for a comparative study of processes and institutions of historical societies. Use of historical writing as sociological data. Extensive use of sociological concepts and theories informed in particular by works of Marx, Weber and Schumpeter.
SOC 221
Social Change and Development
Credits(3+0+0) ECTS5
Examination of the 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.
SOC 224
Urban Sociology
Credits(3+0+0) ECTS6
Examines the role of cities in different socio-historical contexts with special emphasis on the organization of contemporary urban life. Includes dualistic models of urban life, settlement dynamics, survival strategies of urban households, and responses to global restructuring. Special emphasis on Turkish urbanization. Alternates with 262.
SOC 227
Sociology of Small Groups
Characteristics of small groups; interrelationships between the individual, the group and the social setting. Interaction processes in small groups and the emergence of group structure. Theories of group dynamics.
SOC 262
Population Studies
CreditsCredits: (3+0+0)
Introduction to basic demographic concepts; the relationship between social, cultural and economic factors, and population composition and structure. Population theories and policies. Alternates with 224.
SOC 263
Introduction to Migration Studies
An introduction to various issues, conceptual approaches and scholarly debates on national and transnational labor mobility and undocumented and forced migrations in the globalizing world. Exploration of a wide range of topics, including the social, cultural and political implications of migration processes and state policies for regulating immigration and refugee flows. Primary focus on ethnic, gender, citizenship, and transnational dimensions of immigration and the experience of immigrant minorities in receiving societies.
SOC 272
Culture and Society
Study of culture from a sociological and anthropological perspective. Main emphases are on culture and symbol, culture ad social structure, comparative studies of culture, and on the interface between anthropological studies of culture and those of other disciplines.
SOC 273
Sociology of Visual Culture
Credits(3+0+0) ECTS5
An examination of key conceptualizations and methods of understanding and analyzing visual culture, as well as an exploration of several cases from Turkey and other countries. An attempt to critically interrogate some ways of seeing and making sense of images in these contexts with reference to sociological concepts such as power, class, gender, and ethnic differences; and to visual forms and technologies such as photography, film, television, and new media.
SOC 281
Social Anthropology
Credits(3+0+0) ECTS5
The general aims, methods and findings of modern anthropology. A comparison of diverse cultures and societies, covering such topics as ecology, economy, politics, kinship, religion, and other belief systems and ritual. Special emphasis is placed upon the significance of symbolism and culture.
SOC 282
Peasent Studies
The analysis of various sociological definitions and theories of peasant societies, an overview of the historical conditions for their emergence, the transformation of agricultural production and its social consequences, the role of peasants in nation building, specific forms of peasant politics, peasants and the state, and the position of women in rural society. Alternates with 284 and 286.
SOC 284
Economic Anthropology
An examination of thinking about the meaning, functions, and place of "economic" activities in society, from a comparative perspective. Emphasis is placed on analyzing the economies of pre-capitalist/pre-modern societies, otherwise known as primitive and peasant, and on the transformations taking place in such economies. Alternates with 282 and 286.
SOC 285
Family and Kinship
The study of the meaning and functions of family and kinship in society in a comparative perspective. Special emphasis is placed on understanding changes and continuities in family and kinship over time. Discussions focus on family and kinship groups and structures, systems of alliance and marriage, inheritance, the developmental cycle, and family and kinship in the modern world.
SOC 286
Political Anthropology
An exploration of forms of power, control and authority in different social and cultural settings, with special emphasis on their transformations brought about by processes of social change. Examination of institutional as well as discursive structures through careful analysis of specific case studies. Alternates with 282 and 284.
SOC 287
Language, Culture and Society
Credits(3+0+0) ECTS5
This course investigates the relationship between language, culture and society, exploring different anthropological approaches to language with special emphasis on context and change. Topics will include the transmission of culture through language, the interaction of languages in everyday encounters, the ways power and inequality affect language, and issues of language and social change.
SOC 303
Social Statistics
Credits(4+0+0) ECTS7
A two-semester introduction to 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 computer package program designed to process social science data.
Soc 204
SOC 304
Data Analysis
Applied quantative research methods with advanced statistical analysis:application of regression, ANOVA, and other similar statistical techniquesto research problems through SPSS or similar programs. Application ofsurvey research or document analysis. Alternates with 306.
Soc 204, Soc 303
SOC 306
Qualitative Research Methods
This course covers the theory and practice of qualitative research methods used in sociology and anthropology. Topics include the philosophical assumptions and paradigms underlying qualitative methodologies, design alternatives and issues, data collection techniques such as interviewing and observation, issues of reliability and validity, data analysis and reporting strategies, and a discussion of ethics in qualitative inquiry. Alternates with 304.
Soc 204
SOC 320
Sociology of Organizations
A social structural approach to the study of organizations emphasizing such issues as the role of technology in determining organizational structure; interrelations between size, complexity and formalization in organizational networks; impact of large scale organizations on the structure of modern societies.
SOC 324
Power and Inequality
Credits(3+0+0) ECTS5
Study of basic concepts, theories, and critical issues in the analysis of structured social inequality. Comparative and historical inquiry into the forms and consequences of stratification, social mobility, and political power.
SOC 340
Economy and Society in Comparative Perspective
Examines how the organization of economic activity varies and is transformed within different social systems. The development of markets, corporate hierarchies, networks, and associations are considered from the perspective of different theoretical traditions. The state's role in organizing and coordinating economic activity is emphasized.
SOC 341
Advanced Industrial Societies
This course covers the social and economic transformation of advanced countries in Western Europe and North America since World War II. Topics will include the impact of the Depression; recovery under American hegemony and social balances of the welfare state; race, immigration and inequality; new social movements; crisis and political change in the 1980s; regionalization, globalization, and nation-states.
SOC 342
Political Sociology
A survey of the field of political sociology, oriented around critical themes in major theoretical traditions and contemporary issues. Special attention to competing perspectives on power, the state, and the relationship of class structure to politics. Questions about political ideology and action are also explored.
SOC 343
State and Society in Comparative Perspective
Surveys theories and research on comparative state formation, on states as actors, and on the effects of state structures on socioeconomic change and pattern of politics. Special emphasis on Ottoman-Turkish state formation in comparative perspective.
SOC 344
Studies in Comparative Historical Sociology
Comparative analytical study of history of societies for the development of new perspectives, theories, hypotheses in macro-sociology. Classical texts as well as contemporary debates on existing historical material to form the bases of discussion.
SOC 345
Politics, Religion and Social Change
The role of religion in the process of social change and the impact of social change on the formal organization of religion and on the nature of religious belief. Comparison of different religious experiences, both mainline and New Age, in terms of their social and political implications.
SOC 353
Globalization of Culture and Communication
An introduction to the trends and issues of the processes of globalization of culture and transcultural communication. Study of a multiplicity of various disciplinary approaches in an attempt to focus on a variety of issues: 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.
SOC 360
Society and Environment
Interaction between technology, politics, and human and non-human ecological systems. Current ecological issues in contemporary analytical perspective.
SOC 368
Understanding Health and Healing
Health and healing from a social and cultural perspective: concepts and representations of health and illness over time, models of causation, lived experience of illness, therapeutic encounters, medical systems, medicalization of life, and globalization of medicine. Special attention given to how biomedical knowledge and practice are culturally constructed and institutionally structured.
SOC 370
History of Social and Political Thought
Development of social thought, its philosophical foundations and some issues of moral philosophy from the Classical period to the Enlightenment and the l9th century and its investigation through the critical examination of original texts by principal thinkers like Plato, Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau.
SOC 371
History of Sociological Theory
Credits(3+0+0) ECTS5
An in-depth analytical study of the principal paradigms that set the groundwork for modern sociology through the writings of Marx, Durkheim and Weber.
SOC 373
Issues in Sociological Theory
An in-depth study of sociological theory: an evaluation of some of the major theories in sociology in terms of their assumptions, theoretical rigor, and political implications.
SOC 375
Sociology of Law
Law as a social institution, comparative and historical study of its changing normativity, the evolution of its practice, and its interaction with other social processes and institutions.
SOC 377
Comparative Sociology of Religions
Religion as a socio-historical project: examination of the major texts and the commentaries on Judaism, Christianity and Islam regarding the questions of individual responsibility, moral community, political power, and the ideals of social order.
SOC 379
History of Sociological Conceptualization
Review of the origins and development of key concepts and major theoretical perspectives in sociology from the classical theorists to contemporary statements.
SOC 380
History of Anthropological Thought
The examination of the philosophical texts and the issues in the philosophical tradition that are the groundwork for the attempt to scientifically analyze and classify cultures. Delienation of the growth of the discipline in Britain, America and France by examining the intellectual traditions that led to the differing concerns of the anthropologists.
SOC 387
Urban Anthropology
A comparative examination of the culture and social organization of cities and the regions centered on and controlled by them. Topics include: the processes of city growth and change, the nature of urbanism, pre-industrial cities, contemporary cities, with special emphasis on non-western cities.
SOC 425
The City
Comparative sociology of city formation and urban societies in historical perspective. Special emphasis on theoretical conceptualization in diverse contexts.
SOC 430
Sociological Thought in Turkey
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.
SOC 435
Contemporary Issues in Turkey
Sociological analysis of current issues related to social and cultural change in Turkey, and their relationship to world-wide phenomena. Particular emphasis on developing research interest.
SOC 441
Seminar on Historical Sociology
Examines the logic and methodological assumptions of historical sociology. Substantive paradigms of comparative and historical analysis are illustrated through representative major works.
SOC 442
Economy ad Society in the Late Twentieth Century
Comparative analysis of politically organized aspects of the economies in the post-World War II period and their class structures; their development trajectories; crisis of the welfare states; neo-liberalism and the modes of adaptation to the new world-economic environment amongst the industrializing societies.
SOC 443
Class and State in the Middle East
Social structures and political processes in the Middle East. Study of the origins of social ad economic underdevelopment in the Middle East from a historical perspective and examination of current problems related to political regimes through a selective study of the social and political structure of the region.
SOC 451
Identity and Culture
Sociological approaches to the formation and transformation of collective identities with special emphasis on the role of the modern nation-state, impact of international migration, and mass media and 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.
SOC 452
Seminar on Social Movements
The study of the formation of new cultural models through the interplay of social conflicts. The focus will be upon the emergence of new relations of domination, and new forms of power.
SOC 453
Communication and Media Studies
New forms of communication will be discussed in the context of contemporary societies. The effects of an "information society" on modes of communication and on the categories of public and private spheres will be analyzed.
SOC 455
Post-Industrial/Post-Modern Debate
New forms of communication will be discussed in the context of contemporary societies. The effects of an "information society" on modes of communication and on the categories of public and private spheres will be analyzed.
SOC 458
Contemporary Media Studies
Comparative analysis of media in different cultures within a process of globalization. The examination of various issues regarding television and radio broadcasting, and new digital media, such as internet, in relation to political economy, the public domain, forms of popular culture, narrative structures, and ethnography of audiences.
SOC 462
Sociology of Gender
An inquiry into the relation between gender and social structure and practice. Examines the position of women in society, their accession to the economic and political spheres and the history of women's movements in different societies. Topics included are: women in the family and the home, the construction of gender identities, the meanings attached to masculinity and femininity, and the contextuality of gender differences. Critically reviews sociological categories and introduces concepts that can take into account the gendered nature of social reality.
SOC 465
Selected Topics in Demography
Studies the social causes and consequences of demographic processes. Family and social structure, fertility, mortality, and migration. Policies that are affected by demographic processes.
Soc 468
Migration Studies
Causes and consequences of transnational migration. Economic and cultural globalization, social, cultural and political citizenship, demographic forces in international migration, migration and global cities, transnational identity, forced migration, labor migration, circular migration, undocumented migration and trafficking. The effects of state policies upon migrants in both countries of emigration and immigration.
SOC 471
Advanced Issues in Social Theory
Principal questions of epistemology and methodology in the social sciences. An overview of selected controversies in sociological theory both in terms of their historical antecedents and theory construction. An examination of various theoretical perspectives, the positivism-antipositivism debate, empiricism, historicism and positive science, the limits of sociological inquiry and the limits of theory, interpretive sociology, objectivism, the Frankfurt School and Critical Theory.
SOC 472
Contemporary Social Theories
Credits(3+0+0) ECTS6
This course will review in a comparative perspective the recent theoretical and substantive developments in the discipline of sociology. It will focus on the relation between contemporary research and theory.
SOC 478
Social Memory
The role of social memory in contemporary society. Exploration of various sites, dynamics and politics of individual and collective accounts of remembering/forgetting the past in the present. The study of social memory within particular historical, political and social settings, especially in connection to power relations. Theories of social memory as well as the particular forms and sites of memory such as autobiography, testimony,monuments, everyday life, national and post-national memories, and politics of memory in different contexts.
SOC 479
Sociology of Citizenship and Human Rights
An attempt to historicize and contextualize two notions that have been central in Western political thought: citizenship and human rights. The historical conditions of the emergence and transformation of notions and practices of citizenship and human rights, theoretical accounts and critiques from various political and theoretical positions.
SOC 480, 481
Issues in Contemporary Anthropology I, II
An examination of major issues of current concern in the discipline of social-cultural anthropology. Meant to acquaint students with new thinking at the frontiers of the field. Topics selected will vary from year to year depending upon directions in the disciplines at the time of offering.
SOC 482
Sociology of Religion
This course will focus on sociological and anthropological theories of religion, and on selected religious institutions in a comparative/historical framework. Some of the topics covered will include a discussion of ethnographic and theoretical issues in religion and society raised by Durkheim, Weber's theses on charisma, sect, dogma and religious organization, economic and political dimensions of religious institutionalization.
SOC 485, 486
Regional Studies I, II
This course analyzes the societies and cultures of major world socio-cultural regions from sociological and/or anthropological perspectives. One region is to be selected for discussion each time the course is offered. Primary focus is on common regional social structures and cultures, on divergent social and cultural institutions, on processes producing them.
SOC 490, 496, 497, 498, 499
Directed Research and Readings I, II, III, IV, V
Faculty members will assign reading and research tasks to students on selected topics and supervise their progress. The scope and duration of the studies will be specified at the beginning of the semester.
SOC 491, 492, 493, 494, 495
Specialization Seminar I, II, III, IV, V
Advanced topics in social analysis.
Dept./Comp. Elect
Credits ECTS6
Dept./ Comp. Elective
Credits ECTS5