Department of Sociology

SOC510 URBAN THEORY AND POLICY

Course Code: 2320510
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. HELGA İDA RİTTERSBERGER
Offered Semester: Fall or Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

The outcomes of this class will be to make the student understand discussions in urban theory. Urban theory postulated (mainly in the 70s) that social practices resulted from an interaction between the characteristics of group position within the social structure and the external conditions produced by the logic of accumulation and state policies. At the same time it dispensed with any empirical study of these practices and consequently any interpretation of their diversity. However, social stabilisation has placed the question of daily practices back on the agenda. A main object will be to make the participants think about individual diversity and questions of social (re-) production and ‘ways of life’. Thus our leading question will be to discuss structure and /vs. the positions of agents in the structure in the context of contemporary urban theories.

Course Content

Theories relating to urbanization and urban life are discussed and policies formulated to cope with urban problems are evaluated. Social stabilization has placed the question of daily practices back on the agenda. It forces us to think about individual diversity and questions of social (re)production and ´ways of life´. Thus our leading question will be to discuss structure and/vs. the positions of agents in the context of contemporary urban theories. Special attention is given to the case of Turkey.

Learning Outcomes

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