Department of Sociology

SOC501 SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY I

Course Code: 2320501
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 8.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Graduate
Course Coordinator: Prof.Dr. AYŞE CEYLAN TOKLUOĞLU
Offered Semester: Fall and Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

What will be discussed in this course is the contexts in which classical sociological ideas and their progenitors grew. The links between individual thinkers, the social circumstances under which they wrote, and the political implications of their thoughts will also be covered. Above all, the general discussion will be about what sociology is and to assess what is specifically sociological about those classical statements. The main concepts and arguments of classical sociology will also be discussed on the basis of the individual thinkers that will be covered during the course.

Course Content

The aim of this course is to make students familiar with concepts, issues and debates in the field of contemporary social and critical theory. It will examine key concepts such as representation, power, subjectivity, desire, signification, sexuality, the unconscious, and difference by way of examining major continental critical theories.

Learning Outcomes

The course aims to make the students familiar with the key concepts, issues and debates (such as class, status, power, society, individual, division of labour, bureaucracy, state, capitalism, industrialization, modernization, and industrialization)in the field of classical sociology.