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CONTEMPORARY THEORIES IN SOCIOLOGY I PROGRAMME COURSE DESCRIPTION

Code Name of the Course Unit Semester In-Class Hours (T+P) Credit ECTS Credit
SOS383 CONTEMPORARY THEORIES IN SOCIOLOGY I 5 3 3 7

GENERAL INFORMATION

Language of Instruction : Turkish
Level of the Course Unit : BACHELOR'S DEGREE, TYY: + 6.Level, EQF-LLL: 6.Level, QF-EHEA: First Cycle
Type of the Course : Compulsory
Mode of Delivery of the Course Unit Face to face
Coordinator of the Course Unit Prof.Dr. KAMİL KAYA
Instructor(s) of the Course Unit Assist.Prof.Dr. PINAR KARABABA

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS

Objectives of the Course Unit: This course aims to provide students with an introduction to sociological theories by supporting their sociological viewpoint with theories; to prepare a theoretical basis for future studies in the field of sociology.
Contents of the Course Unit: Contents of the course include; Classical origins of sociology, Structuralism-Functionalism, Critical Theory, Symbolic Interactionism, important schools, ethnomethodology, Shopping and Network theories, Contemporary Feminist Theory and lectures and presentations about prominent sociologists.

KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE COURSE UNIT (On successful completion of this course unit, students/learners will or will be able to)

Knows the Contemporary theories of Sociology.
Defines sociological concepts in a theoretical way, gives examples about theories (
Explains sociological facts from theoretical comparisons.
Relates sociological concepts to theory.
Relates theoretical structures and social reality.

WEEKLY COURSE CONTENTS AND STUDY MATERIALS FOR PRELIMINARY & FURTHER STUDY

Week Preparatory Topics(Subjects) Method
1 - Description of the Course Lecture Question and Answer Discussion
2 Reading the Source Observation Classical Origins Lecture Question and Answer Discussion
3 Reading the Source Observation Presentation Structuralism-Functionalism Lecture Question and Answer Discussion
4 Reading the Source Observation Presentation - Lecture Question and Answer Discussion
5 Reading the Source Observation Presentation Frankfurt School Lecture Question and Answer Discussion
6 Reading the Source Observation Presentation Symbolic Interactionalism Lecture Question and Answer Discussion
7 Reading the Source Observation Presentation Chicago School Lecture Question and Answer Discussion
8 - MID-TERM EXAM -
9 Reading the Source Observation Presentation Modern Theories and Criticisms Lecture Question and Answer Discussion
10 Reading the Source Observation Presentation Ethnomethodology Lecture Question and Answer Discussion
11 Reading the Source Observation Presentation Shopping and Network Theories Lecture Question and Answer Discussion
12 Reading the Source Observation Presentation Contemporary Feminist Theory Lecture Question and Answer Discussion
13 Reading the Source Observation Presentation Foucault and Bio-Politics Lecture Question and Answer Discussion
14 Reading the Source Observation Presentation Habermas and Duty of Modernity Lecture Question and Answer Discussion
15 Reading the Source Observation Presentation General Evaluation Lecture Question and Answer Discussion
16 - FINAL EXAM -
17 - FINAL EXAM -

SOURCE MATERIALS & RECOMMENDED READING

Ritzer, G. (2012). Sosyoloji Kuramlarıi 1st Edition, Istanbul: Deki.
Pateman, C., “Kardesler Arasi Toplumsal Sozlesme”, Sivil Toplum ve Devlet, der. John Keane, Trns. Aksu Bora, Ayrinti, 1993
Simmel, Yabanci, Bireysellik ve Kultur icinde, Metis, s. 149-155
Benjamin, Tarih Kavrami Uzerine, Pasajlar icinde, Yapi Kredi Publications, s. 37-50
Adorno, Kultur Endustrisini Yeniden Dusunurken, Cogito,Yaz 2003
Park, Buyu, Zihniyet ve Sehir Hayati, Sehir icinde, Heretik Publications, 2015, s. 173
Burgess, Sehrin Buyumesi: Arastirmaya Giris, Sehir icinde, Heretik Publications, 2015, s. 89-107
Homans, George Caspar.(2017) "Contemporary theory in sociology." Sociological Methods. Routledge.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment & Grading of In-Term Activities Number of Activities Degree of Contribution (%) Description
Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5

CONTRIBUTION OF THE COURSE UNIT TO THE PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

KNOWLEDGE

Theoretical

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students define the concepts they learned and match them with their corresponding phenomena in the social world.
5
2
Students interpret concepts and theories taking into account their historical-cultural contexts.
5
3
Students compare sociological theories with reference to social problems.
5
4
Students distinguish the significance of ecological, social and economical sustainability for world’s future.
2
5
Students develop their knowledge on sustainability by the use of information and communication technologies.
2

KNOWLEDGE

Factual

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students evaluate qualitative and quantitative data of sociological research studies.
1
2
Students analyse the complicated interactions between the social, cultural, political, economical and demographical phenomena of the global world.
4

SKILLS

Cognitive

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students design a research by their acquired knowledge and experience.
1

SKILLS

Practical

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students research field study considering the principle of cultural relativity, scientific and ethical values.
1
2
Students efficiently apply the most suitable information and communication technologies in their studies.
1
3
Students use their knowledge on ecological, social and economical sustainability in all aspects of their lives.
2

OCCUPATIONAL

Autonomy & Responsibility

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students research on problems which reflect on their fields in the global world undergoing rapid and profound change.
3

OCCUPATIONAL

Learning to Learn

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students criticize their advanced knowledge and skills in an analytical manner.
5
2
Students develop their knowledge and skills within the frame of scientific, technological and current developments via adopting the principle of lifelong learning.
2
3
Students act ethically impartial in their research studies.
1

OCCUPATIONAL

Communication & Social

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students criticize their advanced knowledge and skills in an analytical manner.
5

OCCUPATIONAL

Occupational and/or Vocational

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students apply the principle of cultural relativity, scientific and ethical values with reference to sustainability throughout their studies in their careers.
3

WORKLOAD & ECTS CREDITS OF THE COURSE UNIT

Workload for Learning & Teaching Activities

Type of the Learning Activites Learning Activities (# of week) Duration (hours, h) Workload (h)
Lecture & In-Class Activities 14 3 42
Preliminary & Further Study 13 4 52
Land Surveying 0 0 0
Group Work 0 0 0
Laboratory 0 0 0
Reading 12 6 72
Assignment (Homework) 0 0 0
Project Work 0 0 0
Seminar 0 0 0
Internship 0 0 0
Technical Visit 0 0 0
Web Based Learning 0 0 0
Implementation/Application/Practice 0 0 0
Practice at a workplace 0 0 0
Occupational Activity 0 0 0
Social Activity 0 0 0
Thesis Work 0 0 0
Field Study 0 0 0
Report Writing 0 0 0
Final Exam 1 1 1
Preparation for the Final Exam 1 8 8
Mid-Term Exam 1 1 1
Preparation for the Mid-Term Exam 1 6 6
Short Exam 0 0 0
Preparation for the Short Exam 0 0 0
TOTAL 43 0 182
Total Workload of the Course Unit 182
Workload (h) / 25.5 7,1
ECTS Credits allocated for the Course Unit 7,0