Department of Sociology


Course Code: 2320525
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. FATMA YILDIZ ECEVİT
Offered Semester: Fall or Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

The objective of the course is to familiarize students with the basic concepts and approaches commonly used with respect to civil society and persisting debates and controversies among social scientists.

Course Content

This course explores theories and central debates evolving around the issue of civil society. It focuses on the relationship between state and civil society organizations which has been central to sociological analysis and the changing role of these organizations pertaining to globalization. It particularly examines recent debates on civil society and discourses of civil society organizations in Turkey. Controversial issues that affect civil society organizations are also discussed.

Learning Outcomes

It is expected that at the end of the course students who acquire certain knowledge in the subject area could take part in the projects of civil society organizations in Turkey. They will also be able to synthesize the material on other societies, assess its relevancy to activities in Turkey and develop analyses of how the Turkish experience may be applicable elsewhere.