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Course Name
Turkish Sosyoloji
English Sociology
Course Code
ITB 203E Credit Lecture
Semester -
3 3 - -
Course Language English
Course Coordinator Nurullah Ardıç
Nurullah Ardıç
Course Objectives Learning the emergence and development of sociology as a discipline
To gain knowledge of basic approaches in social sciences and developing a sociological imagination that helps understand social phenomena in their own contexts
To be familiar with the works and theories of classical sociologists
To acquire knowledge about the main concepts and debates in social sciences
To internalize the principles of universal and scientific ethics
Course Description This course is based on a close and critical reading and discussion of the writings of the principal founders of modern sociology, particularly Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber. Their views on methodology, society, economy, religion, history and social change will be examined by locating them in their historical context (19th and early 20th-century Western Europe), and by comparing them with those of an earlier "sociologist," Ibn Khaldun, who lived five hundred years before the classical European sociologists. An important part of our discussion will be on the relevance of these dead sociologists for the contemporary society and sociology, and on problematizing Eurocentrism in social theory.
Course Outcomes To learn the basic concepts and theories of classical sociologists
To gain familiarity with the epistemological and methodological aspects of classical sociology
To explore the historical context of the emergence of modern sociology
To gain analytical skills to apply to social problems in light of classical sociological concepts
To examine the relevance of classical sociological concepts for contemporary societies
To investigate how the ideas of classical sociologists have helped shape contemporary sociological thinking
Pre-requisite(s) -
Required Facilities
Textbook 1. Robert Tucker (ed.) The Marx-Engels Reader. New York: Norton, 1978.
2. Kenneth Thompson (ed.) Readings from Emile Durkheim. Tavistock Publications.
3. W.G. Runciman (ed.) Weber: Selections in Translation. Cambridge University Press.
4. A. Ibn Khaldu¯n (1958) The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History, 3 vols. (tr. by F. Rosenthal), Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
5. S. Farid Alatas & Vineeta Sinha, (eds.) Sociological Theory Beyond the Canon, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
Other References 1. Anthony Giddens, Capitalism and Modern Social Theory. Cambridge UP, 1971.
2. Articles and postings on class website.
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