Department of Sociology


Course Code: 2320415
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 6.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Lecturer ALİ ADNAN AKÇAY
Offered Semester: Fall or Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to analyze the constitution of basic identities in Turkey as well as the ways they reproduce themselves in their reciprocal (usually confronting) relationships. Historical formation and societal impact of such identities will be searched through 'flash-back' readings particularly on late Ottoman and early Republican eras. Turkishness which was (and is) imposed as the dominant ideology by the Republic is the starting point through which we will try to dissect the emergence of reactionary particularisms mainly on ethnic and religious grounds. The underlying aim of the course is to understand the present situation in Turkey as well as its process of transformation.

Course Content

The societal mechanisms of regulation, procreation, development and maintenance of the human factor. Reproduction of labor. Family, health, education and housing as components of the system of social reproduction. The role of the state and the family in the reproduction of labor.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have a perspective on the transformation of Turkey, including the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire (16th Century onwards), the foundation of the Republic and after. The students will also acquire the ability to relate conjunctural problems to their historical and structural causes in the case of Turkey.