Department of Sociology

SOC109 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

Course Code: 2320109
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 5.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Academic Staff Dr. BARIŞ MÜCEN
Offered Semester: Fall Semesters.

Course Objective

In this elective course, which is intended primarily for the students of the Department of Psychology and Faculty of Arts & Sciences in general (except sociology students), our aim is to introduce the students to some major issues, fundamental concepts, theories and methods applied in sociology as to help the students to form a basic idea of the subject matter of sociology. However, this course, being designed as an introductory elective, does not aim to cover all of the crucial (and controversial) issues in the field. We will rather limit ourselves just to discuss some basic topics in sociology such as gender, family, deviance, stratification, political power and religion as well as sociological research methods and theory.

Course Content

An introduction to basic principles, concepts and theories of sociology; analysis of social structure, cultural processes and patterns; the relationship of the individual to society. Emphasis on case studies.



Learning Outcomes

In this course the students acquire the preliminary knowledge on sociology and able to understand and interpret the social events within a larger context.