Department of Sociology

SOC531 SOCIAL AND POLITICAL ISSUES IN TURKEY

Course Code: 2320531
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. AYŞE CEYLAN TOKLUOĞLU
Offered Semester: Fall or Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

This course aims to proivde the students with a general overview of the enlightenment period and its introduction to the Turkish society and politics following the breakdown of the Ottoman society and the formation of the modern Turkish nation-state. On this basis the course addresses issues such as society, modernity, Westernization, populism, ideological conservatism, statism, and ideologies of domination in internal politics. These issues will be analyzed in relation to some of the following major Turkish sociologists like Ziya Gokalp, Prens Sabahattin, Yusuf Akcura, Abdullah Cevdet, Hilmi Ziya Ulken, Fahri Findikoglu and others.

Course Content

Formation of nation-state; capitalist penetration and incorporation; state and capital; populism; ideological conservatism; modernity, Westernization; statism; merchant bourgeoisie and political rule; state and hegemony; breakdowns of the internal order and the establishment of hegemony; ideologies and patterns of domination in internal politics; social movements; relations among and between subordinate and dominant classes.

Learning Outcomes

The students will become familiar with the key concepts of modernity and nationalism while comparing European modernization with that of Turkish modernization. It is also expected that the course will help the students to compherend the issues related to Turkish modernization and nationalism by analyzing the major works of some Turkish sociologists on a comparative basis.