Examines the basic qualitative research methods used in sociological research with their weaknesses and strengths. Course covers qualitative data collection methods, ethnography, interview techniques, archive research methods, oral history, and document analysis methods.
Closely examines the basic themes and the most important figures of classical sociological theory. Course analyzes in detail the work of Marx, Weber and Durkheim, which constitutes the classical roots of sociological theory and helps students develop a sociological perspective through extensive theoretical discussions.
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.
Examines contemporary theoretical approaches that emerged after the Second World War as a follow up to classical sociological theories. Course presents different theoretical approaches including structuralism, post-structuralism, post-modernism, feminism, post-Marxism, and subaltern studies, by reading and discussing the work of most important figures of these fields.
ntroduces the fundamentals of historical and social research by focusing on a variety of research methods. In this modular course, students are first exposed to the philosophy of social science methodology and quantitative research methods. Then they are introduced to historical, sociological, and comparative methods, including oral history, ethnography, interviewing techniques, archival research and document analysis. Building on their training in these methods, the course also will guide students through the steps of research design, namely writing research proposals, constructing hypotheses, operationalizing research questions, designing questionnaires and interview forms, and data collection
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Covers the fields of classical and new economic sociology. Introduces the classical theoretical perspectives of Adam Smith, Max Weber and Karl Polanyi as well as recent conceptual debates about the character of markets, the informal economy, ethnic economies and networks.
Provides students with a background in the historical roots of gender inequalities in the society, the economic and ideological factors that contributed to the emergence of contemporary forms of gender inequalities. Establishes the micro and macro processes that contribute to the perpetuation of gender inequalities. Surveys, evaluates and compares macro level policies and micro level interventions that have targeted remediation of gender inequalities.
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.
Introduces students to social deviance, explores some of the most prominent and important sociological theories of deviance, and reviews the current research on deviance in contemporary society. Offers a comparative perspective on crime and deviance, distribution of power and structures of inequality in the conceptualizations of deviance, and cultural definitions of morality and deviant behavior.
Helps students learn how dissertation research is conducted and how the writing process continues. The goal of the course is to secure guidance from faculty members in advisor and dissertation topic selection and the formulation of research questions and methodology.
Examines the nature of political power, dynamics of political change, historical development and the nature of political institutions. Discusses the social foundations of state and state-society relations.