Department of Sociology


Course Code: 2320643
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. HASAN ÜNAL NALBANTOĞLU
Offered Semester: Fall or Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

Since this course is a high level doctoral seminar in the "sociology of knowledge", each year a painstaking inquiry into the current problems of knowledge, especially in various academic disciplines, is conducted in a seminar fashion where sometimes a single major text is read along with secondary material. In the past, Heidegger's, Lukcs's, Althusser's important texts were under the spotlight whereby students actively presented portions of a main text by these philosophers along with relevant ancillary readings.

Course Content

An understanding of the dynamic relations between ideas, ideologies, norms and values; social groups and strata. Reading of classical theorists in the sociology of knowledge. The role of ideas, norms and values in the constitution of historically-determinate social formations and civilization complexes. The relationships between knowledge and everyday life.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this Ph.D. seminar, any student who regularly attends the sessions and fulfilling all the other requirements should competently be able to address important issues encountered in our techno-scientific age and the questions raised by such encounter in the light of theoretical insights developed in the course.