Introduces basic concepts, methods and approaches to the study of society. Focuses on social, cultural, and political systems and structures, social conflict and social institutions. Topics include family, education, gender, race and ethnicity, social class, the economy, organizations, social groups, aging and generations.
Research process and basic research concepts; critical framework to examine social science problems and evaluate research; constructing social explanations; concept of causality; measurement, sampling, questionnaire construction; experimental methodology, ethnomethodology, document study; philosophy of social science.
Examines the concept of culture and cultural change. Discusses how social anthropology can aid in understanding diverse cultures. Focuses on several major themes in social anthropology such as family, kinship, gender, race, language, economy, religion, globalization, and health and illness.
Focuses on the historical transformation of the concept of culture, and various theoretical and conceptual perspectives for studying culture. Analyzes both the social production and reproduction of culture and cultural foundations of stratification.
Critically examines a range of social problems facing modern societies from a sociological perspective. The course will highlight the causes and consequences of social problems, how societies respond to them, and the policy implications of the sociological approach. Possible topics include crime, racism, poverty, global inequality, environmental degradation, and war.
Explores the social side of emotions, including how they are socially shaped, learned, regulated, controlled, and patterned. Critically analyzes debates about the changing role of emotions in social, economic and political life.
Students will develop an understanding of the family as a social institution and as a context in which individuals develop, make choices, and influence each other. The course will introduce the students to how social scientists understand and study the family. Today's most pertinent family issues are discussed such as dating, sex, cross-gender relationships, marriage, divorce, parenting, family violence, and family law.
The period between the destruction of the Janissaries in 1826 and the end of single party rule in Turkey in 1950. Different theoretical approaches to labor history, artisans’ experience with the Industrial Revolution, the making of an industrial labor force, ethnic and gendered segmentations among workers, state and labor relations, and different labor migration patterns.
This course examines gender as a major organizing principle in social life. Particularly, it focuses on how gender identities are socially constructed and how gender intersects with ethnicity, nationalism, class, sexuality, age and other dimensions of identity and social inequality. It also investigates the roles of family, education, the media, politics, economics and religion in shaping gender identities and inequalities.
Inequalities based on socio-economic class, gender, and ethnicity; historical and contemporary debates in social stratification; approaches in understanding and conceptualizing different forms of stratification. Readings also focus on sites of conflict and resistance; ways different groups in society deal with forms of inequality.
Examines large-scale social transformations shaping the contemporary world, including the rise of the West, colonialism, the emergence of the Third World, the history of the development project and globalization. Explores the causes and consequences of inequalities among countries, as well as gender, class, ethnic and regional inequalities within countries.
Advanced design issues related to empirical sociological research are presented. These include conceptualization, hypothesis formulation, study design, sample design, sample size determination, data collection strategies, data analysis, interpretation of statistical findings, and drawing social and policy relevant conclusions. Students conduct their own research projects and present results orally and in written form.
Discusses the development of modern organizations and bureaucracies, and the deviations from the bureaucratic model with a focus on business organizations. Also provides an introduction to the sociology of work. Focuses on labor control, labor process, gender relations and the transformation of the structure of employment in industrial and service sectors.
Examines the works of major classical sociological theorists such as Marx, Durkheim, Weber and Simmel. Discusses twentieth-century perspectives that build on classical theory (such as structural functionalism). Also explores the contemporary challenges to classical theory such as feminism, postcolonialism and poststructuralism.
Examines the social, economic, cultural and political forces that affect health and illness. Discusses individual experience and narratives of illness, the conceptualization of health and illness in hospitals and institutions and the political economy of health care. Focuses on the creation of medical knowledge, lay-professional interaction, inequalities in health and healthcare and health-related social movements.
Focuses on micro-sociological perspectives that approach society in bottom-up ways. Discusses our taken-for-granted and seemingly private experiences in everyday life and explores the ways in which larger forces and processes, such as gender, race, ethnicity, and class, are intertwined with the micro processes.
Discusses the social relations and social structures within which economic action takes place. Focuses on the social networks and institutions that underlie market exchange and pre-market and pre-modern economic institutions. Examines different modes of state regulation of the economy, corruption and fraud, and social and economic institutions for preventing corruption and fraud.
Examines law as a mechanism of social regulation and a field of knowledge. Discusses the social construction of crime and criminals. Studies the interaction between class, gender and ethnicity in the judicial system.
Explores critical theory, neofunctionalist theory, theories on structure and agency, microsociological perspectives, postmodern theory and poststructuralism. Discusses identity politics and difference as framed by postcolonial and feminist theories.
Compares Turkish social structures since the 1920s to other societies. Topics include constitutional structures, development of the civil society, economic policies and their impact on rural-urban differentiation, the impact of trends in international development on the environment and income distribution, Istanbul as a global city, gender and ethnicity with respect to economic, political, and social rights.
Main approaches to various institutions and actors that make up the field of international political economy. Question of who gets what at a global level from a multi-actored, multi-level and multi-disciplinary perspective. Interactions between states, markets, firms, NGOs, and not-for-profit organizations at the local, national, regional, and supranational levels. Global trade, production, finance, and knowledge structures and relations in the context of international organizations, transnational corporations, global financial structures, regional integrations, North-South relations, discourses and practices of development, and problems of global poverty.
Reviews developments in urban theory and the history of urbanization. Discusses urban trends with special attention to the impact of globalization on cities. Themes include urban regeneration processes, urban poverty, spatial segregation, and urban social movements. Focuses on case studies from Turkey and diverse geographical settings around the world.
Focuses on cultural, economic and political discourses involved in shaping the definitions of environmental problems. Highlights some of the roots of current-day ecological issues with a specific focus on globalization. Examines environmental justice and the environmentalist movement.
Designed to introduce students to the sociological study of social movements in historical and comparative perspective. By focusing on some of the key theories that explain the origins, tactics, and success of social movements, the course examines how political, ideological, economic, organizational, and cultural factors shape social movement emergence and development as well as the diverse ways in which social movements affect political and social change.