Department of Sociology

SOC529 MIGRATION & ETHNICITY IN EURASIAN SOCIETIES

Course Code: 2320529
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. AYŞEGÜL AYDINGÜN
Offered Semester: Fall or Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

The objective of this course is to acquaint students with the relationship between identity, ethnicity, migration and culture. This course will also enable the students to focus on some specific groups in Soviet and post-Soviet borderlands covering both the “dispersed peoples” forcibly moved under the Stalinist regime, which currently do not possess a state in the post-Soviet borderlands, and the Russians.

Course Content

The aim of this course is to scrutinize the relationship between identity, ethnicity, migration and culture; the interaction between dominant cultures and minority groups and its impact on ethnic identity formation in Eurasian studies. Case studies for this course come from groups such as the Crimean Tartars, Meskhetian (Ahiska) Turks, Soviet Germans, Soviet Jews and the Russians. In addition to the western theories of ethnicity, the Soviet ethnos theory and the Soviet nationality policy are critically examined to analyze the groups specified above.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to analyze and evaluate the following issues: ethnic identity among other identities, the relationship between ethnicity/ethnic identity and culture/cultural identity, the relationship between migration and ethnicity, the interaction between dominant cultures and minority groups, and its impact on ethnic identity, Soviet Ethnos theory and Soviet nationality policy.