Department of Sociology

SOC515 STATE AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN EURASIA

Course Code: 2320515
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 8.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Graduate
Course Coordinator: Assoc.Prof.Dr. AYÇA ERGUN ÖZBOLAT
Offered Semester: Fall or Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

This course will enable students to understand state and society relations in the post-Soviet transformation. The course aims to introduce students to the main theoretical debates concerning the causes and the nature of the political, social and economic transformation from communism; to provide theories of transition, democratisation and theoretical approaches to state-society relations while explaining varieties of post-Soviet transition. This course will particulary focus on the formation of civil society organisations (non-governmental organisations, unions, movements, umbrella groups), their aims and activities, their role in the process of transition and democratisation and the nature of the relationship between governments and civil society organisations. The course will also explore the impact on the international element (international governmental and non-governmental organisations) on governments and NGOs and its role in the formation of state-society relations This course will enable graduate students to have a good grasp of the theories of transition, democratisation and civil society. The students will acquire in-depth knowledge on the post-Soviet transformation at both state and society level. The course will familiarise students with the experiences of state-society relations of a range of countries in Eurasia. In so doing, the course will enable students to reveal similarities and differences among post-Soviet countries. The course will also encourage students to do comparative studies.

Course Content

This course will enable students to understand state and civil society relations in the post-Soviet transformation. The course aims to introduce students to the main theoretical debates concerning the causes and the nature of the political, social, and economic transformation from communism; to provide theories of transition, democratization and theoretical approaches to state-society relations while explaining varieties of post-Soviet transition. The course will particularly focus on the formation of civil society organizations (non-government organizations, unions, movements, umbrella groups), their aims and activities, their role in the process of transition and democratization and the nature of the relationship between governments and civil society organizations. The course will also explore the impact of the international element (international governmental and non-governmental organizations) on governments and NGOs and its role enable in the formations of state civil society relations.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will: -have a good knowledge of the major approaches to the analysis of post-Soviet period, theoretical debates on transition, democratisation and state-society relations. -identify similiarities and differences among post-Soviet states and societies, particularly Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus and Central Asia -develop oral and written skills.