Traces the evolution of notions of social welfare, social justice and social policy from their advent in European and North American societies to the current scholarly and policy debates in developing countries. Examines the development of social welfare systems and the underlying philosophies in the context of the social, economic, political, and cultural environments in which they emerged. Topics include the evolution of modern conceptions of the "welfare state," and the role of public, private and voluntary sectors in the social services. Policy making procedures, the role of the respective policy actors and the effects of social policy measures will also be examined in terms of social participation, social inclusion and (re)distribution of income and services.
Examines ideas of nationalism, nations and nation-states, and the different ways in which nationalism is practiced and expressed, and the major theoretical works on these concepts.
Offers a comparative perspective on issues of state-society relations in the context of theories of state formation, and state intervention in economic development. By moving back and forth between western and non-western models of state formation and development, the course tries to refine as well as to build upon the current state literature in both sociology and political science.
Analyzes the establishment and development of Middle Eastern political systems, social and political processes including the end of empires, formation of nation states, and their foreign policies beginning with the nineteenth century.
Examines state-oriented policies in general in Eastern Europe including the Soviet Union and Balkan countries, comparing these countries to Türkiye. Deals with different economic policies in those countries during the 20th century. Explores the effects of etatist economies on the political transformations in these societies.
Engages some of the theoretical perspectives, conceptual issues/questions, and empirical research that animate the study of social movements and collective action. It will look into the individual and collective involvement in social movements, as well as examine the social and political context of collective action. How and why do social movements emerge? How are social movements organized? How do activists choose political tactics and strategies? What are, if any, the effects of social movements on processes of social and political change?
Provides an advanced survey of scholarly literatures on migration and population movements. Covers theories of and empirical studies about international migration, transnational migration and diaspora formation, refugee movements and internal displacement.
Covers the fields of classical and new economic sociology. Introduces the classical theoretical perspectives of Adam Smith, Max Weber and Karl Polanyi as well as recent conceptual debates about the character of markets, the informal economy, ethnic economies and networks.
Provides students with a background in the historical roots of gender inequalities in the society, the economic and ideological factors that contributed to the emergence of contemporary forms of gender inequalities. Establishes the micro and macro processes that contribute to the perpetuation of gender inequalities. Surveys, evaluates and compares macro level policies and micro level interventions that have targeted remediation of gender inequalities.
Examines the social, economic, cultural and political forces that affect health and illness. Discusses individual experience and narratives of illness, the conceptualization of health and illness in hospitals and institutions and the political economy of health care. Focuses on the creation of medical knowledge, lay-professional interaction, inequalities in health and healthcare and health-related social movements.
Introduces students to social deviance, explores some of the most prominent and important sociological theories of deviance, and reviews the current research on deviance in contemporary society. Offers a comparative perspective on crime and deviance, distribution of power and structures of inequality in the conceptualizations of deviance, and cultural definitions of morality and deviant behavior.
Helps students learn how dissertation research is conducted and how the writing process continues. The goal of the course is to secure guidance from faculty members in advisor and dissertation topic selection and the formulation of research questions and methodology.
Examines the nature of political power, dynamics of political change, historical development and the nature of political institutions. Discusses the social foundations of state and state-society relations.
Basic concepts of Law. Sources of Law; interpretation of legal norms; legal rules and other rules of conduct. Methodology.
Types of constitutions; meanings of constitutions; constituting power and constitutional amendment; method and interpretation in constitutional law; enactment and judicial review of public acts (laws; decrees having the force of laws; parliamentary resolutions; regulations and by-laws); popular sovereignty and national sovereignty; mandates; unitary and federal states; regionalization; presidential and parliamentary government; semi-presidentialism.
Ottoman-Turkish constitutional developments; Preamble of the constitution; features of republic and irrevocable provisions; disclosure of political parties; principle of equality; restriction of fundamental rights and freedoms; legislation and deputies; executive (President and Council of Ministers) ; motion of censure, investigation and presidential renewal of elections; Constitutional Court and constitutional review.
Basic principles of civil Law. Laws regulating real persons and legal persons such as societies and foundations, protection of personality.
Engagement, marriage, the status of spouses within the family. Divorce, matrimonial property regimes. Rights of the children; the relation between the child and the parents. Adoption.
A brief introduction to the political structure of the Roman Empire; basics of Roman Law, its history and sources, along with Corpus Iuris Civilis. The influence of this legal branch on contemporary legal systems will be examined through comparative Law methods, and the foundation of current day Law of obligations and property in Roman Law.
Examination of fundamental issues of legal philosophy such as the concepts of Law and rights, the relationship between science and philosophy, the influence of ethics on Law, interpretation methods, the purpose of Law and the discussion of the idea of justice. Various movements such as the natural Law movement and legal positivism; postmodern legal movements.
Development of the various legal systems in the world; historical development of the Turkish legal system; the transition to the secular legal system following the adoption of Western European Laws after the foundation of the Republic, and historical changes in the legal field.
The various views on the sociological roots of Law with respect to modern science; the scope and the methodology of legal sociology; the evolution of the pure legal sociology concept; the influence of the sociological structure on Law, the views of famous thinkers such as Durkheim, Weber and Gurvitch, who are among the founders of the science of sociology, on Law.
The comprehension of the legal profession in all aspects; the birth and development of the legal profession comparatively as well as the position; the local and universal elements of the legal profession as well as the model rules and associations that stipulate the framework of the profession.