Department of Sociology

SOC427 SOCIAL ANALYSIS OF RACE, ETHNICITY, AND SOCIETY

Course Code: 2320427
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 6.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Prof.Dr. AYŞE CEYLAN TOKLUOĞLU
Offered Semester: Fall or Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

This course reviews the literature on theories of nationalism, nation-building, state-formation, and ethnicity maping out the major debates and approaches within the literature. The central concepts and the current trends in the literature which implies a necessary link between the process of modernization/ industrialization and nation-state building and nationalism are critically reviewed. It also examines social and ethnic relations as part of larger social systems by emphasizing the relationship of ethnicity to nations, state, class, minority groups, gender, power and politics.

Course Content

The course examines the formation and dynamics of ethnic groups in the contemporary world. It surveys major topics, theoretical definitions/debates and approaches in the field of race and ethnicity. Moreover, it also examines social and ethnic relations as part of larger social systems by emphasizing the relationship between ethnicity on the one hand and nations, state, class, minority groups, gender, power, and politics on the other.


Learning Outcomes

The students will become familiar with the key concepts of nationalism and ethnicity in relation to comtemporary national, international and global political trends. It is also expected that the course will help the students to compherend the issues related to nationalism, state-formation and ethnicity in a comparative perspective, that is, to be able to conceptualize the similarities and differences between Western and various non-Western forms of nationalism and ethnicity.