Department of Sociology


Course Code: 2320530
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. SENCER AYATA
Offered Semester: Fall or Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

This course is intended to familiarize the student with the social and cultural background of the Central Asian and the Middle Eastern societies as they inform and influence their way of modernization in the contemporary world.

Course Content

The kinship-based structure of tribal organization and its relation to supra-tribal and non-tribal forms of organization in Central Asia and the Middle East. Concept of the segmentary lineage system and its critics; tribal structure as an organizational framework functioning simultaneously at various levels from local to societal; the historical conflict between tribe and state in the two regions.

Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to understand and analyse the structure of the Central Asian and Middle Eastern societies as their social make-up have a special bearing on the theories of modernization, state-building, and ethnic conflict.