İbn Haldun Üniversitesi

PhD in Sociology (in English)

Why Sociology PhD Program at Ibn Haldun University?

Ibn Haldun University Department of Sociology MA Program aims to build  a basis for a new understanding and research ground for analyzing and providing solutions to people and society in the world and in our country. With this infrastructure, the Sociology Doctorate Program aims to train academic staff who can work more deeply on these issues and produce alternative analysis and solution suggestions with the perspective of open civilization, intellectual independence, rooted revivalism. Fed by different methodological and theoretical approaches, the Sociology Doctorate Program places great emphasis on the ability of academic staff to reflect original theories and methods to academic publications and research.

As a requirement of Ibn Haldun University’s notion of being a research university, the Sociology Doctorate Program claims to create a ground for the training of internationally competent sociologists and researchers. In line with the vision and multilingualism policy of our university, this program will make it possible to develop an academic perspective that is beyond the dominant sociological traditions, able to produce alternative research and offer solutions in our country and worldwide.

Thanks to its linguistic qualifications and in accordance with the internationalization quality, Ibn Haldun University’s Sociology Doctorate Program prioritizes conducting research and developing solutions that address various social issues in societies in different geographies, both nationally and internationally. In this context, our program aims to identify the relevant societies in the light of academic data, to determine bilateral and multiple relations and to present alternative scientific data about these processes while developing the country’s relations with different geographies and opening up to foreign countries with an interdisciplinary approach.

About The Program

Head of department:

Prof. Dr. Alev Erkilet

Program Objectives:

 The knowledge and skills to be gained by the graduates of the program, worthy of the PhD degree in Sociology English, can be listed as follows:

  • To be able to master the literature of sociology and other related disciplines and to be able to manage master’s and doctoral theses in these fields and take part in the juries.
  • To be able to develop their knowledge of sociology theories, research methods and practices with alternative approaches at the level of expertise, reflect them on their studies and perform field studies.
  • Ability to produce alternative knowledge by developing interdisciplinary studies, to present critical solutions, to share it with colleagues and transfer to educational processes.
  • To be able to conduct research in relation to academic knowledge production and open to new methods and approaches without centralizing the theories developed for specific societies and by considering comparative and historical accumulation.
  • To be able to carry out a study in the field of sociology independently by supporting it with quantitative and qualitative data within the framework of social, academic, cultural and ethical values, to present, apply and share the relevant study with social responsibility awareness.
  • Being an expert who can produce and present his/her studies in English, Arabic and Turkish languages ​​(or any other language related to his/her studies) in national and international academic platforms and is preferred as the future policy makers and communal leaders
  • To be able to internalize ethical values and contribute to the society by highlighting scientific, technological and social developments.

Program’s Target Audience:

The program basically aims to reach:

  • Individuals with academic career goals
  • Individuals aiming to become experts, academicians or consultants preferred in management positions at national and international platforms.
  • Individuals who want to increase or improve their knowledge and skills on sociological thinking, theory and research methods.
  • Individuals who have graduated from undergraduate and graudate programs, want to pursue a career in both public and private sectors, and want to develop expertise on critical thinking, research ethics and methods, and different social theories
  • Professionals with experience in different institutions and organizations and who want to be trained to take their existing status to the next level
  • Individuals who strive to understand and analyze the society and environment it belongs to in connection with the developments in the historical, local and international axes.
Application Requirements

The application requirements for the PhD Program in Sociology with Thesis are as follows:

  • Compliance with Senate Decisions of Ibn Haldun University (Please visit: http://www.ihu.edu.tr)
  • ALES equal weight score should be at least 55 (EA) (For the citizens of Turkish Republic)
  • English Proficiency Certificate: Students with a TOEFL IBT score of at least 90 or YDS / E-YDS scores of 75 and YÖKDİL scores of 91 can apply
  • GPA: Minimum 3.00 (out of 4) or 76.66 (out of 100) for BA and MA graduates

Required documents (in English):

  • Letter of Intent (should include potential research topic)
  • An example of a published or unpublished academic paper (If English example is not available Turkish example might be accepted.)
  • CV
  • 2 Recommendation Letters
  • Diploma or Temporary Graduation Certificate
  • Transcript

Please read the Application Guide before you submit your application.

Visit the Ph.D. application requirement page.

Curriculum
FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE GRADUATED FROM AN MA (WITH THESIS) PROGRAM
1st Semester
Course Code Course Title Hours  Credits ECTS
 Theory  Practice
SOC 601 Advanced Research Methods 3 0 3 8
SOC 603 Advanced Readings in Classical Sociological Theory 3 0 3 8
SOC/ANTH 5xx/6xx Departmental Elective Course 3 0 3 8
SOC/ANTH 5xx/6xx Departmental/General Elective Course 3 0 3 8
Language Courses
Total 12 32
2nd Semester
Course Code Course Title Hours  Credits ECTS
 Theory  Practice
SOC 600 Seminar 0 0 0 6
SOC 604 Advanced Readings in Contemporary Sociological Theory 3 0 3 8
SOC 606 Ibn Khaldun: Theory, Methods and Contemporary Discussions 3 0 3 8
SOC/ANTH 5xx/6xx Departmental Elective Course 3 0 3 8
SOC/ANTH 5xx/6xx Departmental/General Elective Course 3 0 3 8
Language Courses
Total 12 38
3rd Semester
Course Code Course Title Hours  Credits ECTS
 Theory  Practice
SOC 697 PhD Qualifying Exam 0 0 0 30
Total 0 30
4th Semester
Course Code Course Title Hours  Credits ECTS
 Theory  Practice
SOC 698 Thesis Proposal 0 0 0 30
Total 0 30
3rd Year
Course Code Course Title Hours  Credits ECTS
 Theory  Practice
SOC 699 PhD Thesis 0 0 0 60
Total 0 60
4th Year
Course Code Course Title Hours Credits ECTS
Theory Practice
SOC 699 PhD Thesis 0 0 0 60
Total 0 60
Grand Total 24 250
FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE GRADUATED FROM A BA PROGRAM
1st Semester
Course Code Course Title Hours Credits ECTS
Theory Practice
SOC 501 Research Methods and Publication Ethics 3 0 3 8
SOC 503 Social Theory 1 3 0 3 8
SOC/ANTH 5xx Departmental Elective Course 3 0 3 8
SOC/ANTH 5xx Departmental/General Elective Course 3 0 3 8
Language Courses
Total 12 32
2nd Semester
Course Code Course Title Hours Credits ECTS
Theory Practice
SOC 504 Social Theory II 3 0 3 8
SOC 506 Ibn Haldun and Contemporary Issues 3 0 3 8
SOC/ANTH 5xx… Departmental/General Elective Course 3 0 3 8
SOC 598 Fieldwork Seminar 0 0 0 6
Language Courses
Total 9 30
3rd Semester
Course Code Course Title Hours Credits ECTS
Theory Practice
SOC 603 Advanced Readings in Classical Sociological Theory 3 0 3 8
SOC 601 Advanced Research Methods 3 0 3 8
SOC/ANTH 5xx/6xx Departmental Elective Course 3 0 3 8
SOC/ANTH 5xx/6xx Departmental/General Elective Course 3 0 3 8
Total 12 32
4th Semester
Course Code Course Title Hours Credits ECTS
Theory Practice
SOC 600 Seminar 0 0 0 6
SOC 604 Advanced Readings in Contemporary Sociological Theory 3 0 3 8
SOC 606 Ibn Khaldun: Theory, Methods and Contemporary Discussions 3 0 3 8
SOC/ANTH 5xx/6xx Departmental/General Elective Course 3 0 3 8
Language Courses
Total 9 30
5th Semester
Course Code Course Title Hours Credits ECTS
Theory Practice
SOC 697 PhD Qualifying Exam 0 0 0 30
Total 0 30
6th Semester
Course Code Course Title Hours Credits ECTS
Theory Practice
SOC 698 Thesis Proposal 0 0 0 30
Total 0 30
4th and 5th Year
Course Code Course Title Hours Credits ECTS
Theory Practice
SOC 699 PhD Thesis 0 0 0 120
Total 0 120
Grand Total 42 304
REQUIRED COURSES
Code Course Name Hours  Credit ECTS
 Theory  Practice
SOC 501 Research Methods and Publication Ethics 3 0 3 8
SOC 503 Social Theory 1 3 0 3 8
SOC 504 Social Theory II 3 0 3 8
SOC 506 Ibn Haldun and Contemporary Issues 3 0 3 8
SOC 598 Fieldwork Seminar 0 0 0 6
SOC 600 Seminar 0 0 0 6
SOC 601 Advanced Research Methods 3 0 3 8
SOC 603 Advanced Readings in Classical Sociological Theory 3 0 3 8
SOC 604 Advanced Readings in Contemporary Sociological Theory 3 0 3 8
SOC 606 Ibn Khaldun: Theory, Methods and Contemporary Discussions 3 0 3 8
DEPARTMENTAL ELECTIVE COURSES
Course Code Course Title Hours  Credits ECTS
 Theory  Practice
ANTH 509/609 Ethnography of Muslim Societies 3 0 3 8
ANTH 511/611 Ethnography of Space and Place 3 0 3 8
ANTH 512/612 Ethnography of Turkey 3 0 3 8
ANTH 513/613 Anthropology of Islam 3 0 3 8
ANTH 518/618 Ethnography of the State 3 0 3 8
ANTH 520/620 Political Border and Border Regions 3 0 3 8
ANTH 522/622 Anthropology of Emotions 3 0 3 8
HIST 508/608 Oral History 3 0 3 8
SOC 505/605 Political Sociology 3 0 3 8
SOC 507/607 Sociology of Religion 3 0 3 8
SOC 508/608 Religion in Modern Turkey 3 0 3 8
SOC 510/610 Gender 3 0 3 8
SOC 514/614 Urban Sociology 3 0 3 8
SOC 515/615 Historical Sociology 3 0 3 8
SOC 516/616 Social Movements 3 0 3 8
SOC 521/621 Discourse Analysis 3 0 3 8
SOC 525/625 Modernity, Post-modernity and Beyond 3 0 3 8
SOC 536/636 Advanced Comparative Theories and Methods 3 0 3 8
SOC 537/637 Sociology of Southeast Asia 3 0 3 8
SOC 538/638 Nation State and Nationalism 3 0 3 8
SOC 539/639 Selected Topics in Sociology 3 0 3 8
SOC 540/640 Colonialism and Postcolonialism 3 0 3 8
SOC 541/641 Sociology of Literature 3 0 3 8
SOC 542/642 Civilizations 3 0 3 8
SOC 543/643 Social Inequality 3 0 3 8
SOC 544/644 Sociology of Labor and Work 3 0 3 8
NOTES:
1) The students who apply with a MA degree, to graduate from PhD Program in Sociology, must take 24 credits in total and 9 courses having 250 ECTS which includes eight courses and one seminer course. Five of these courses are compulsory and four of them are elective. The students who apply with a BA degree, to graduate from PhD Program in Sociology, must take 42 credits in total and 16 courses having 304 ECTS which includes fourteen courses and two seminar courses. Ten of these courses are compulsory and four of them are elective.

2) General Elective Courses can be taken only by the consent of the supervisor if the selected course is related with the ongoing thesis project. Moreover, as required by the Multilingualism Policy, requirements below must be fulfilled for graduation.

3) According to the decision of the Senate regarding Multilingualism Policy on 24.09.2018, some level of proficiency in English, Turkish and Arabic ( or in another language except for Arabic) is required as a condition for graduation for the students of the graduate programs subject to this policy.

a-  B1 level  proficiency in English, B1 level  proficiency in Turkish and A2 level  proficiency in Arabic are required for PhD Program in Economics. Since the language courses offered in this program will be opened as non-credit, reserving the condition to pass them successfully, grades gained from these courses will not be added to the Grade Point Average.

b- Students can fulfill the graduation requirement regarding the language courses by either attending preparation program before program course period (if offered by the Program) or taking language courses along with their program courses during the program semester and passing these language courses successfully. Students who prove their proficiency by language test scores that are approved by the University will be considered as fulfilling graduation requirement.

Regarding the language courses, the students are provided with two options;

First option: The course is taught 1 hour a day for 5 days a week (in total: 5 hours a week) between 08:00-09:00 in the morning.
Second option: The students may take the language course for 2 hours a day for 5 days a week (in total: 10 hours a week).

The number of courses that should be taken to fulfill the required proficiency levels by the programs is stated below:

For B1 level in Turkish and in English: Students must either select the First Option for 3 semesters or select the First Option for 1 semester and the Second Option for 1 semester (2 semesters in total) and pass them.

For A2 level in Arabic: Students must either select the First Option for 2 semesters or the Second Option for 1 semester and pass them.

Notice: Students will only register in language courses that conform with their levels, which will be decided after the placement test held by the Language School.

LANGUAGE COURSES
Code Course Name Hours  Credit ECTS Prerequisite
 Theory  Practice
ARA 501 Basic Arabic I 1 4 0 5 *
ARA 502 Basic Arabic II 1 4 0 5 *
ARA 503 Intermediate Arabic I 1 4 0 5 *
ARA 504 Intermediate Arabic II 1 4 0 5 *
ARA 505 Advanced Arabic I 1 4 0 5 *
ARA 506 Advanced Arabic II 1 4 0 5 *
ARA 507 Intensive Basic Arabic 2 8 0 10 *
ARA 508 Intensive Intermediate Arabic 2 8 0 10 *
FRE 501 Basic French I 1 4 0 5 *
FRE 502 Basic French II 1 4 0 5 *
FRE 503 Intermediate French I 1 4 0 5 *
FRE 504 Intermediate French II 1 4 0 5 *
GER 501 Basic German I 1 4 0 5 *
GER 502 Basic German II 1 4 0 5 *
GER 503 Intermediate German I 1 4 0 5 *
GER 504 Intermediate German II 1 4 0 5 *
GRE 501 Basic Greek I 1 4 0 5 *
GRE 502 Basic Greek II 1 4 0 5 *
HEB 501 Basic Hebrew I 1 4 0 5 *
HEB 502 Basic Hebrew II 1 4 0 5 *
LAT 501 Basic Latin I 1 4 0 5 *
LAT 502 Basic Latin II 1 4 0 5 *
PERS 501 Basic Persian I 1 4 0 5 *
PERS 502 Basic Persian II 1 4 0 5 *
PERS 503 Intermediate Persian I 1 4 0 5 *
PERS 504 Intermediate Persian II 1 4 0 5 *
PERS 507 Intensive Basic Persian 2 8 0 10 *
PERS 508 Intensive Intermediate Persian 2 8 0 10 *
SPA 501 Basic Spanish I 1 4 0 5 *
SPA 502 Basic Spanish II 1 4 0 5 *
SPA 503 Intermediate Spanish I 1 4 0 5 *
SPA 504 Intermediate Spanish II 1 4 0 5 *
TLL 501 Basic Ottoman Turkish 1 4 0 5 *
TLL 502 Intermediate Ottoman Turkish 1 4 0 5 *
TLL 503 Advanced Ottoman Turkish I 1 4 0 5 *
TLL 504 Advanced Ottoman Turkish II 1 4 0 5 *
TLL 505 Ottoman Paleography and Diplomatica 1 4 0 5 *
TLL 506 Advanced Readings in Ottoman Historical Texts 1 4 0 5 *
TLL 507 Intensive Basic Ottoman Turkish 2 8 0 10 *
TLL 508 Intensive Intermediate Ottoman Turkish 2 8 0 10 *
TUR 501 Basic Modern Turkish I 1 4 0 5 *
TUR 502 Basic Modern Turkish II 1 4 0 5 *
TUR 503 Intermediate Modern Turkish I 1 4 0 5 *
TUR 504 Intermediate Modern Turkish II 1 4 0 5 *
TUR 505 Advanced Readings in Modern Turkish I 1 4 0 5 *
TUR 506 Advanced Readings in Modern Turkish II 1 4 0 5 *
TUR 507 Intensive Basic Modern Turkish 2 8 0 10 *
TUR 508 Intensive Intermediate Modern Turkish 2 8 0 10 *
*Approval of School of Languages
Course Contents

SOC 600 Seminar
This course, which aims to encourage students to make inquiries and analyses on sociological and ethnographic theory, thoughts and methods, through their own individual research projects, is given without credit. This course, which helps students draw a road map for themselves in research projects, it is also aimed to discuss the processes of preparing, executing, and writing a sociological and ethnographic project. This course aims to create an efficient discussion environment where draft, preliminary, field experiences, or main frameworks of the projects carried out or to be carried out are mutually shared.

SOC 601 Advanced Research Methods
The main purpose of this course is to provide students with advanced knowledge about the methods and techniques of scientific research and to develop them as applications. In a study to be carried out using the Scientific Research Method, topics such as what to do, how to follow, how to determine the problem, how to concretize the purpose, how to determine the right method for research, how to develop test materials, how to cite references, and how to discuss the findings will be covered. In addition, quantitative and qualitative research methods will be discussed in-depth and students will be provided with the necessary equipment for advanced practices and discussions about research methods before, during, and after fieldwork. Analysis of various articles on the development of research methodology will be discussed separately. Publication Ethics, Education and Ethics, Ethical Justification, and Basis are other topics to be covered.

SOC 603 Advanced Readings in Classical Sociological Theories
This course aims to examine the roots of sociology starting from the thinkers raised by the Islamic world until the beginning of the 20th century. In this context, in-depth readings and analyzes will be made on the theories of thinkers such as al-Farabi, Ibn Khaldun, Ibn Sina, Ibn Rushd, Montesquieu, Alexis de Tocqueville, August Comte, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Vilfredo Pareto, Max Weber, Ferdinand Tönnies, Franz Boas, Levi Strauss and Georg Simmel. It will be underlined that these theories have continued to influence sociological thought since the beginning of the 20th century. This course aims to direct students to make in-depth critical examinations and discussions on the concepts and thoughts of these thinkers, anthropologists, and sociologists. A comparative approach will be taken throughout the course.

SOC 604 Advanced Readings in Contemporary Sociological Theories
This course aims to deal with 20th and 21st-century sociological thought. By placing the theories in the scheme of micro, medium and macro theories, and between functionalist/confrontational theories and naturalistic/humanistic theories, in-depth reading and analysis of the theories of sociologists such as Talcott Parsons, Robert K. Merton, Ralf Dahrendorf, Lewis Coser, Erving Goffman, Herbert Blumer, Peter Berger, Howard Becker, C. W. Mills, Anthony Giddens, Michel Foucault, Pierre Bourdieu, Jean Baudrillard, and Zygmunt Bauman will be conducted. This course aims to recognize, interpret and criticize the current theories put forward by different thinkers and social scientists with the claim of analyzing and offering solutions to various problems faced by different societies in the modern period. Post-modern, post-structuralist, colonial, postcolonial, post-Marxist theories that have emerged recently are among the topics of this course. Globalization, orientalism-occidentalism, ecological problems, political violence, changing and transforming social classes and structures, neo-colonial politics, a new search for sovereignty and politics, and the crises that modern nation-states are struggling with will be discussed through different theoretical approaches. Students will be expected to apply these theoretical discussions to current problems.

SOC 606 Ibn Khaldun: Theory, Methods, and Contemporary Discussions
This course analyzes Ibn Khaldun’s theories and methods as an example of applied multiplexity at the ontological, epistemological, and methodological levels. Applied multiplexity is first explored through a review of Ibn Khaldun’s works—ranging from history to fiqh and tasawwuf—at the conceptual and practical levels. This will be complemented by an analysis of his followers as representatives of multiplexity in the past and today. In academia, there is a great debate about what Ibn Khaldun’s legacy means today. Is he merely a great historical figure of a bygone era or his ideas are still relevant to understand the current social problems in the world? This course will discuss applied Khaldunism by presenting examples of Ibn Khaldun’s usages and misusages by the Ottoman and the contemporary scholars in the East and West. It will then explore how we can today properly understand and apply Ibn Khaldun’s multiplex theoretical approach to the current social, economic, religious, educational, and political issues.

Elective Courses

ANTH 509 Ethnography of Muslim Societies
A wide range of researches and studies have been put forward by different social scientists on Muslim societies and groups from past to present and this production is still ongoing. This course aims to read, understand and criticize various theoretical and ethnographic studies as well as theoretical and methodological aspects. Many anthropological issues will be handled comparatively, from the idea of saving Muslim women throughout the course to Muslim consumers in globalizing markets, from social and economic modernization in the remote towns of Indonesia to the way of living Islam in Morocco.

ANTH 512 Ethnography of Turkey
The aim of this course is the study of modern Turkey’s history and society and sociological-anthropological studies of different aspects that have emerged in this area are to deal with a critical eye. Throughout the course, women’s issues in Turkey, how it manifests in different aspects of public life state, kinship relations in the Kurdish tribes, various social issues, such as arabesque music culture will be discussed from an ethnographic perspective. This course aims to recognize, examine and understand the different religious and ethnic identities created by the Turkish society around the axis of history, identity, language, belonging, and social memory as well as it aims to analyze the dynamics that create this pluralistic structure.

ANTH 520 Political Border and Border Regions
With the advent of modern nation-states after the First and Second World wars, political borders have become one of the important areas-places where existing states have exercised sovereignty. The aim of this course will examine the political-territorial boundaries in the axis of ethnicity, economy, memory, and imagined nation. In this approach, the theoretical framework developed by Benedict Anderson in his book Imaginary Communities will be utilized. It aims to analyze what kind of tools nation-states use in the process of building political borders and the forms of resistance and disruption that the local has shown against this construction process from an anthropological perspective. Finally, attention will be drawn to how the political corresponds to the reality after the boundaries have been formed, and how the new borders distinguish societies that were similar to each other.

ANTH 611 Ethnography of Space and Place
With an emphasis on spatial relations, the course would focus on the intertwined relations between the everyday practices of subjects, the spatial transformations, the re-constructed discourses, and effects in which the various “cultural” forms of gender, class, race, ethnicity, and religion are experienced, conceptualized and reproduced. In this sense, rather than taking “social space” as an isolated vacuum this course aims to show the reciprocal reproduction processes between places, spaces, subjects, bodies, affects, discourses, and “cultures” and their relations to macro processes. The subsequent weeks explore different comparative theoretical dimensions of space and place theories with an emphasis on embodiment, social production, and construction, effects, and discourses. For demonstrating these relations this course especially aims to cover ethnographic fieldwork methods in advanced level with fieldwork excursions in which the engaged participation of the study can provide the researcher with productive research techniques and an understanding of social theories to illuminate the way they work on certain spaces and places in their projects like cities, villages, associations, institutions, gated communities, leisure places, political parties, social media, etc. Thus as a theory and method course, this seminar would provide the graduate students with the abilities of participant observation, interviewing, social mapping, and visual analysis besides the advanced theoretical framework to research certain spaces and places.

ANTH 613 Anthropology of Islam
Islam, which is one of the most important religions in the world, has shaped and continues to affect social, cultural, economic, psychological-spiritual, political, legal, and many other aspects of various societies in different geographies. This course aims to take part in the “Anthropology of Islam” and “Islamic Anthropology” discussions and to make new epistemological, ontological, and methodological analyzes and inferences by analyzing the sociological and anthropological studies on Islam and Muslims with an analytical perspective. In the course, theoretical studies of Talal Asad on Anthropology of Islam will be centered and case studies such as Clifford Geertz’s studies on Morocco and Indonesia will be discussed within this theoretical basis. Especially the mistakes that western academics have made while examining the Islamic societies and the prejudices they have become will be among the main topics of the course. This criticism will be based on the views put forward by Said in Orientalism.

ANTH 618 Ethnography of the State
This course examines the nation-state structures and the state machine in the axis of political violence and hegemony. In this course, where the effort to understand the construction process of the modern state through thinkers such as Weber, Gramsci, Althusser, Foucault, and Agamben will be introduced, the thinkers such as Benjamin, Arendt, Sartre, and Fanon will be added to the archeology of how political violence turns into one of the basic tools of the modern state. It will also be emphasized how the state manifests as an effect in everyday life, through social policies, the state exists and legitimizes itself in the minds of citizens. This course will encourage students to rethink concepts such as modern state, political violence, sovereignty, power, and legitimacy.

ANTH 622 Anthropology of Emotions
Emotion(s), one of the most important features of human nature, has been one of the neglected subjects until recently in social sciences and especially sociology-anthropology circles. Are emotions universal or do they differ from culture to culture? Are emotions cultural-collective phenomena beyond their psychological-individual aspects? This course aims to analyze emotions (love, hate, joy, anger, fear, etc.) as individual and collective experiences with an anthropological perspective. In addition, during the course, the relationship between emotion and mind, how innate emotions are innate, and how socially constructed are discussed.

CULT 510 Readings in Orientalism

CULT 617 Genealogies of Multiculturalism
This course aims to investigate the practice and social phenomenon of multiculturalism through different periods and geographies, and seeks to establish a genealogy of multiculturalism, particularly in Europe. Starting with approaches of contemporary social and political theory’s take on multicultural practices, it will then move on to its history. The course takes Islamic Spain as a starting point, and then moves on to medieval Venice, to Ottoman Empire, and then to modern-day London. Seeking the roots of multicultural practices of civilizations, there will be readings of foundational texts such as the Madina Charter, along with historical monographs that depict the social relations of the periods and geographies concerned. There will then be readings of fictional texts that re-imagine the different multiculturalism that has already been studied, to see what contemporary authors make of these historical experiences.

HIST 508 Oral History
This course aims to inform students about the theoretical and methodological debates that have arisen in the field of oral history research. Oral histories are the result of verbal expressions of events, memories, experiences in the past. Oral historians do not only investigate and analyze past events through these different narrative types; they also analyze how these historical events are remembered and perceived today. In the context of historiography, this course will discuss the place and importance of oral history studies. It will also focus on how oral history has developed as a method and a sub-discipline in the field of History. In addition, the methodological contributions of oral history to other disciplines will be discussed and several examples will be studied together. At the same time, document fetishism will be considered as a methodological flaw and it will be emphasized what the oral history provides in this regard.

SOC 505 Political Sociology
This course aims to provide the student with advanced theoretical equipment in the analysis and understanding of society, politics, authority, power, and power relations. In this course, topics such as state and state structures, the birth of nation-states, the relationship of the state with other social institutions, state and social classes, state and social movements, civil society, and democracy will be discussed with examples from a historical perspective. In addition, the issues such as the effect of various social dynamics on voter behavior, general characteristics of the social bases of political parties will be covered throughout the course and students will be expected to approach these issues from a theoretical perspective.

SOC 508 Religion in Modern Turkey
This course aims to underline the relationship between experiences of religion, the state-making process, and the reproduction of secularism and modernity in Turkey. Besides the historical view of the production of state in Turkey, we will examine religion in “modern” Turkey with a sociological and anthropological perspective related to the spatial dimension. This course is an examination of the social and political dynamics shaping the management of religions in the public sphere of Turkey. The focus will be particularly on the intertwined relationship between modernity, nation-state building, secularism, and religion. In this relation, the question “how the “modern” Turkey is constructed and experienced concerning religion?” is very crucial in terms of analyzing and illustrating the everyday practices of people within a relational perspective in which the “modern,” “religious” and “secular” takes various forms in different contexts. It aims to comparatively introduce and analyze the theoretical debates, concepts, and methods put forward in this field with a critical perspective and discuss with the examples from historical, anthropological, and sociological studies. Especially, anthropological works on Turkey will be analyzed to understand the transformation in Turkey in terms of religion, modernity, and conceptualization of state. In addition, as the practice part of the course, we will also have ethnographic fieldwork experiences in the city of Istanbul to understand the daily life practices and experiences of religion as a citizen in a “modern” state to illuminate the way the students develop their research projects and methodologies.

SOC 510 Gender and Society
The course aims to examine, discuss and analyze the phenomenon of gender within the framework of theoretical debates, concepts, and theories presented in this field with a critical perspective. Human sexuality and gender will be explored in different social and cultural settings. Family and marriage systems, expectations, and norms will be investigated. The categories of gender and sexuality will be treated in an interrelated manner to understand social behavior. An anthropological approach will facilitate the discussions and students will be encouraged to study and present real-life case studies and their impact on political and social debates.

SOC 514 Urban Sociology
To explore the relationship between city and society, urban sociology will be handled under the following topics: Development of cities (in general & in Turkey), classical and contemporary urban theories, the relationship between values, stratification and city, cities and urban transformation processes (through modernization, globalization, segregation, poverty, othering, etc.), urban utopias, differences between the cities in the West and Muslim world, Istanbul (from past to the day) and Istanbul Studies.

SOC 515 Historical Sociology
This course, as expectedly, sits at the intersection of two disciplines of social science, namely, History and Sociology and it aims to integrate historical analysis as a critical dimension to sociological inquiry. During the course, this perspective will be reflected in various questions of social science. On the one hand, students will be introduced to the works of prominent scholars of the field, such as Theda Skocpol, Peter Evans, and Michael Mann, more contemporary and critical accounts will also be discussed. Another objective of the course will be demonstrating the novelty and modernity of some concepts such as nation and nation-state by elaborating their historical roots. Last but not least, the emergence and gradual predomination of capitalism as an all-encompassing economic system across the world will be at the center of the class discussion. As a social and political reaction to capitalism, the rise of the working class and the social movements based on social discontents will also be discussed.

SOC 521 Discourse Analysis
This course deals with how language differs according to the study area, social environment, communication purpose, and social roles and identities. It examines different forms of the functioning of speech and writing. Daily speech, interviews, inquiries, public speaking, emailing, messaging, and articles on social media can be mentioned as examples. In this course, students will discuss the nature of meaning, how individuals convey more than what they say and write, the role of courtesy in oral communication, and what makes a text consistent. During the course, different speeches and texts will be analyzed, especially in line with the theoretical framework of French thinker Michel Foucault. In addition, students will gain the ability to analyze the characteristics of various texts, to characterize interpersonal postures adopted by the speaker and author, and to identify and classify different styles of text that operate in certain social settings. Finally, how the meaning can be manipulated with implicit expressions in the language and the role of this manipulation in power relations will be discussed in depth.

SOC 530 Sociology of Disaster

This course aims to give students the ability to examine sociological aspects of disasters. Disasters are natural phenomena. At the same time, they are social events that reflect the lives of our communities and groups as much as they are natural. Throughout the term,  the course attention will focus on how culture, inequality, social structure, and processes affect the way how people face disasters, how they respond and how they recover or fail, and how disasters may lead to rapid social change. Utilizing the theories of sociology of disaster, students will be able to examine the social, economic, geographical, political, and cultural factors that place people at different risk levels before, during, and after the disaster in the case of major natural disasters in our country.

SOC 538 Nation-State and Nationalism
What is the nation? Is there an only definition of the concept? Can nations be traced back to the beginning of history? Or are they invented? Are they imagined or real? What is the relationship between secularization and nationalism? Are individualism and nationalism necessarily at odds with each other? In this course, in the light of these and these kinds of questions, the human communities, so-called nations, and the ideology of nationalism will be deeply discussed. Starting from enlightenment, after going into details of modernization and secularization process, the relationship between these processes and the rise of nationalism will be elaborated. Regarding theories of nationalism, the approaches to nations as something deeply rooted in history and the perspectives treating them as modern phenomena will be compared and contrasted. In this regard, students will be expected to read the works of critical scholars of the field namely, Ernest Gellner, Ellie Kedourie, Benedict Anderson, Eric Hobsbawm, and Benedict Anderson. Lastly, the complicated and ambiguous relationship between religion and nationalism will be discussed in light of different perspectives.

SOC 540 Colonialism and Postcolonialism
This course covers major theories and approaches of colonialism and post-colonialism. It pertains to socio-political and cultural changes in the colonized world particularly taking into consideration the regions around the Indian Ocean and East Indies. The students will comprehend the social processes occurring in various institutional domains during the colonial and post-colonial times in relevant geographies and their impacts upon the current societies. Furthermore, the students are expected to acquire skills such as acquiring analytical perspective and critical approach through a general look at the interactions between colonizers and colonized societies. In addition, the interactive/transmissive method will be implemented in the teaching-learning sessions between students and materials, students, and instructor/facilitator. And this process will also be supported by the direct method. This course will lead students to acquire significant knowledge about the social changes via modernization processes in larger sectors in societies throughout the colonial period and nation-state establishment. Students’ performance will be appraised through classroom activities including individual presentations, written assignments. Finally, students will have the capacity and capability to conduct research and write academic articles in particular domains.

SOC 542 Civilizations
It is designed for students to comprehend the dynamic processes of the region in conceptual and empirical ways; achieve a contextual and theoretical understanding of Southeast Asian societies; compare historical and cultural connectivity of the region within the geographical context of the Indian Ocean and China Sea. This course aims for the students to explore the dynamic processes of the region in conceptual and empirical ways. Throughout the methodological and theoretical issues, the students are expected to have a contextual and theoretical understanding of Southeast Asian societies and their cultures embedded with the Indian and Chinese spheres. The subject will also open the doors to understanding both the historical and contemporary developmental stages in the region. Concerning this, the civilizational processes of various societies will be dealt with in a comparative approach.

SOC 607 Sociology of Religion
This course aims to study and discuss religions as a social institution. Using the possibilities of historical sociology, it will be discussed whether there are meaningful relationships between the emergence of religions and some social factors. By drawing attention to the time and place dominated by various religions, the relations between these religions and their nature and context will be tried to be understood. In addition, the birth, spread, institutionalization of religions throughout history, the different institutional abilities of religions and their relations with other social institutions, the possibilities and limits of these differences, the position of religions in the process of modernization, the process of religions in the context of secularism of modernity will constitute the main discussion axis of this course.

SOC 616 Social Movements
This course aims to address social movements from a sociological perspective. First, key concepts, theoretical approaches, and methodological tools will be discussed through many case studies. To what extent theories about social movements explain modern societies and in which parts they are missing will be discussed. Special attention will be given to the following topics throughout the course: Democracy, religion, identity, globalization, civil rights, environmentalism, class, race, and ethnicity. While social movements in Turkey are more intensely covered, the other major social movements around the world will also be the subject of the course.

SOC 625 Modernity, Post-modernity and Beyond
This course aims to analyze, understand and make sense of the common basic transformations that societies have undergone since the 1970s. Theories regarding the origins of modernity, different reflections of enlightenment thought, discussions of modernism and modernity, globalization, post-industrial society, postmodernism, and postmodernity will be discussed through their reflections in daily life. In addition, paradigm changes between modernity and postmodernity will be discussed. The axis that shifts from certainty to uncertainty, from knowability to obscurity, from positivism to agnosticism will be handled within the framework of the concepts of modernity – postmodernity.

SOC 636 Advanced Comparative Theories and Methods
The course will primarily focus on the epistemological, ontological, and methodological assumptions behind the various research approaches. The main aim of this course is to provide students with information about paradigms developed on the nature of research in social studies. We will focus on the ontological, epistemological, and methodological approaches of various methodological approaches in social sciences, mostly under the surface. The course has both theoretical and practical purposes. The theoretical aim is to give students information about the state of knowledge and the possibility of obtaining information through different research paradigms. During the course we will read and discuss the case studies intensely and ask the following basic theoretical question: Can we understand the social world? If yes how? The question “how” brings us to our practical purpose: to learn how to conduct scientific research.

SOC 637 Sociology of Southeast Asia
In this course, we will first discuss why Southeast Asian societies and cultures can be evaluated sociologically as one unit. Within the framework of this assumption, we will focus on the common social dynamics that cut across different cultural, national, and social structures in the region, and which are valid in all these different elements. On the other hand, in this great totality, we will draw attention to the sociological differences of various nations, tribes, and cultures. Basically, topics such as power relations, ethnic identity transitions and transformations, violence, crime, and local manifestations of the state and global religions will be discussed with a comparative perspective throughout the course.

SOC 639 Selected Topics in Sociology
This course is a special subject that deals with current debates in sociology. Topics may include discussions and new trends in the discipline in general or maybe more specifically related to sub-disciplines in the discipline.

SOC 641 Sociology of Literature
The course of the sociology of literature emphasizes the close relationship between two subjects. The general aim of the course is to study literary works produced in distinct societies to comprehend the social conditions in each social reality. Since literary works are considered as creations built upon certain social phenomena differentiated in time and space, they are useful for sociological studies. In this regard, studying literature reveals close attention to the socio-economic and political situations around an apparent weltanschauung. Literature as observed in its style and form reflects the social change as well.

SOC 643 Social Inequality
This course aims to focus on the forms and contents of social inequalities. Especially the inequalities which are based on gender, class, race, and ethnicity will be deeply analyzed. In this context, classical and contemporary sociological theories of stratification, types, and regimes of stratification, indicators of stratification, new forms of stratification/inequality, inequality in the world and Turkey, and similar topics will be handled in this course.

SOC 644 Sociology of Labor and Work
This course will deeply focus on the articulation of work and labor within the social structure. Beyond the idea of understanding labor and work only on an economic basis, this course will underline the different meanings and ways of labor within different contexts. This course is crucial to examine the conceptualization of labor and work within different spaces which are described as private and public like workplace and household. The question “how labor and work are related to the micro-level experiences, understanding of self and identity and family structure?” and “how they are intertwined with other social institutions, social structures, and social processes?” will be answered through the discussions of social inequality, discrimination, exclusion, and power relations. By discussing the diverse approaches to labor and work, we will theoretically tackle the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, and social class.

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