Department of Sociology

SOC251 HISTORY OF SOCIOLOGY I

Course Code: 2320251
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 4(4-0)
ECTS Credit: 8.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Academic Staff Dr. BARIŞ MÜCEN
Offered Semester: Fall Semesters.

Course Objective

This course aims to introduce students to the birth and the early development of sociological reasoning.

Course Content

The overall aim of this course is to examine the emergence of sociological imagination. Accordingly, topics such as the Renaissance, the Reformation, rationalism and empiricism, the theory of natural law, the Enlightenment and the conservative critique of the Enlightenment will be examined. The course will also cover the contributions of the founding figures of the discipline of sociology. The works Vico, Montesquieu, S. Simon and Comte will be examined in order to understand the “invention” of sociology as the science of society.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the course participants are expected to have a rough idea as to how the founding figures of the discipline of sociology conceptualised modernity and the problems of modern society.