Department of Sociology


Course Code: 2320512
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. YAKIN ERTÜRK
Offered Semester: Fall or Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

The objective of the course is to examine the diverse patterns of population movements across space within the dynamics of globalization. In this respect, it aims to answer the following questions. How does global restructuring affect the spatial movements of people, What forms do migratory flows take as new boundaries replace the old, Are the existing theoretical - disciplinary models capable of explaining the emerging patters, What is the state of the politics of migration - population movements both in terms of state policy as well as existing international regimes.

Course Content

This course aims to answer the following question: How does global restructuring affect the movements of people across space? Five types of interrelated categories of population movements are identified: 1. population displacements due to increased conflict and civil strife as well as natural disasters; 2. illegal forms of international migrant labor arrangements including trafficking in women; 3. reverse and return migration from north to south and urban to rural; 4. shuttle between two or more worlds with strong links in all; 5. ´rented´ temporary free-floating migrant labor. Relevant international organizations; immigration policies; gender differentials; social construction of identities, networks and communities; household survival strategies and emerging trends, constraints and prospects for population movements will be considered. While these patterns of population movements will be analyzed within a global context, students will be expected to analyze each category as it is experienced in the case of Turkey.

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes include an understanding of the dynamics of global restructuring and its implications for labour, and capital, history of migration, conceptual approaches across disciplines, policies and politics of migration, and the emerging global trends in migration patterns. Students, as part of their term project, will be required to focus on how the various migratory patterns and processes manifest in the case of Turkey or another country of interest. This will allow the student to link local and global experiences.