Introduces the fundamentals of historical and social research by focusing on a variety of research methods. Exposure to the philosophy of social science methodology and quantitative research methods. Introduction to historical, sociological, and comparative methods, including oral history, ethnography, interviewing techniques, archival research and document analysis. Building on their training in these methods, students are guided through the steps of research design, namely writing research proposals, constructing hypotheses, operationalizing research questions, designing questionnaires and interview forms, research and publication ethics and data collection.
Surveys some of the main themes and names in social theory. Examines in depth the classical foundations of sociological theory, especially the works of Marx, Weber and Durkheim. Focuses on some of the important early and late twentieth-century thinkers, including Gramsci, Bourdieu and Foucault, and discusses the feminist and postcolonial challenges to classical theory.
Some of the most important theoretical questions of the social sciences have been posed by scholars pursuing investigations at the intersection of sociology and history. How are these questions formulated and answered? How important is a consideration of the temporal nature of human actions and social structures and what are its consequences for our understanding of social life? How does the past "matter" to the present? This course addresses these questions and introduces students to some key theories, methodological contributions and a selection of substantive themes in comparative and historical sociology.
Sociological analyses of the economy. Review of the works of Adam Smith, Marx and Weber as these relate to economic sociology. Discussion of the interaction of political power and economic organization, the state-market relationship, regulation of the economy by the state, hegemony in the world economy, globalization, attempts to constitute a neoliberal order in the national and transnational context and contradictions involved in this attempt. Focus on capitalist crises and the causes and consequences of the 2008 Great Recession.
Focuses on major approaches and issues in the study of nineteenth century Ottoman and modern Turkish societies. Analyzes major social, economic and political transformations in Ottoman/Turkish society from a regional perspective.
Required course for second year graduate students. Designed to accompany students along the process of formulating their arguments and focusing their research question. Learning from one another, students will be reminded that they face similar problems for which they can find solutions as a cohort.
Introduces students to the major theories and empirical trends in social stratification. Examines dimensions of social inequalities and stratification, such as class, race, ethnicity and gender from a comparative, historical, and global perspective.
Traces the evolution of notions of social welfare, social justice and social policy from their advent in European and North American societies to the current scholarly and policy debates in developing countries. Examines the development of social welfare systems and the underlying philosophies in the context of the social, economic, political, and cultural environments in which they emerged. Topics include the evolution of modern conceptions of the "welfare state," and the role of public, private and voluntary sectors in the social services. Policy making procedures, the role of the respective policy actors and the effects of social policy measures will also be examined in terms of social participation, social inclusion and (re)distribution of income and services.
Introduces current, major themes of discussion within the field of urban studies. Covers both theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of the urban space. Focuses on developments within the Turkish context, as well as examples from around the world. Puts special emphasis on the impact of multiple processes of globalization.
Examines ideas of nationalism, nations and nation-states, and the different ways in which nationalism is practiced and expressed, and the major theoretical works on these concepts.
Analysis of Ottoman state, institutions and culture with a specific emphasis on state and social group relations in the nineteenth century Ottoman Empire. Evolution of social change from the Classical Age to the end of the empire, rise of local nationalisms, ruptures and continuities between the Ottoman imperial regime and nation-states.
Offers a comparative perspective on issues of state-society relations in the context of theories of state formation, and state intervention in economic development. By moving back and forth between western and non-western models of state formation and development, the course tries to refine as well as to build upon the current state literature in both sociology and political science.
Analyzes the establishment and development of Middle Eastern political systems, social and political processes including the end of empires, formation of nation states, and their foreign policies beginning with the nineteenth century.
Examines state-oriented policies in general in Eastern Europe including the Soviet Union and Balkan countries, comparing these countries to Turkey. Deals with different economic policies in those countries during the 20th century. Explores the effects of etatist economies on the political transformations in these societies.
Concentrates on the strategic, economic and political role of the region in the 20th century. Investigates the contribution of the Mediterranean region into the global political developments, with a focus on Mediterranean interaction with other parts of Europe.
Introduces students to the fundamental concepts and issues in the study of science and technology. The course employs a multidisciplinary point of view in the social sciences and humanities and focuses on the reciprocal ways in which science and technology shape society and the ways in which society shapes science and technology. The main questions we will ask will be philosophical (how to define science and technology?), sociological (how does science and technology interact with social categories, such as gender and race), historical (how does the historical development of science and technology inform them today? How do past debates matter?), and political (how does power matter in the practice of science and technology? How should science and technology be controlled democratically?).
Engages some of the theoretical perspectives, conceptual issues/questions, and empirical research that animate the study of social movements and collective action. It will look into the individual and collective involvement in social movements, as well as examine the social and political context of collective action. How and why do social movements emerge? How are social movements organized? How do activists choose political tactics and strategies? What are, if any, the effects of social movements on processes of social and political change?
Exploring the nature and significance of the Soviet experiment, the controversies to which it has given rise, and the forces, processes, and personalities that shaped the formation, transformation, and ultimate collapse of both the Soviet system and the Soviet Union.
Provides an advanced survey of scholarly literatures on migration and population movements. Covers theories of and empirical studies about international migration, transnational migration and diaspora formation, refugee movements and internal displacement.
Focuses on selected aspects of nineteenth century Ottoman and modern Turkish political and social structures in comparison to other states and societies. Some of the issues to be covered are state-society relations, migration, social stratification, identities, citizenship and political economic transformations.
Introduces special subjects in historical studies in a seminar format.
Introduces special subjects in sociology in a seminar format.