FACULTY OF ECONOMIC AND ADMINISTRATIVE SCIENCESPOLITICAL SCIENCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION


ADM1323 SOCIETY AND CULTURE

MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

FACULTY OF ECONOMICS AND ADMINISTRATIVE SCIENCES

DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCES AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

 

 

ADM1323 SOCIETY AND CULTURE

FALL 2010

 

Instructors: Feride Acar (Section 1)

 Kürşad Ertuğrul (Section 2)

Başak Alpan (Section 3)

Course Assistants:

 

TEXTBOOKS:

 

Giddens, A. (2006), Sociology, 5th Edition, Cambridge: Polity Press

Kendall, D. (2008), Sociology in our Times, 7th Edition, Canada: Thomson, Wadsworth

 

Course Hours:

Wednesday: 10:40-12:30 (F14/FZ17/FZ08)

Thursday: 9:40-10:30 (F14/FZ17/FZ08)

Check your section for the accurate classroom

 

Discussion Hours:

Wednesday: 15:40-16:30 (Check your section for the accurate classroom)

 

           

OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE

 

This course provides an introduction to theoretical perspectives, major topics and key debates in sociology. We will start the term with an exploration of the scope of sociological study and examination of the main theories. We will, then, discuss the major topics in understanding different social structures.

 

COURSE EVALUATION

 

2 midterm exams: 1 November 2010 & 13 December 2010 (each 25 points)                              

1 final exam (40 Points)

Participation in Discussion Hours (10 points)

 

COURSE OUTLINE

 

Week 1/Week 2/Week 3: What is Sociology?

 

Giddens, A. (2006), ‘What is Sociology?’ in A. Giddens (2006), Sociology, 5th Edition, Cambridge: Polity Press, pp. 4-28

 

No discussion hour

                                                                                                         

Week 4/ Week 5: Culture, Socialization and Gender

 

Kendall, D. (2008), ‘Culture’, in Sociology in our Times, 7th Edition, Canada: Thomson, Wadsworth, pp. 72-103

 

Giddens, A. (2006), Sociology, ‘Gender,’ pp.458-479

Discussion Readings:

 

Worsley, P. (1999), ‘Classic Conceptions of Culture’, in T. Skelton and T. Allen (1999), Culture and Global Change, London: Routledge, pp. 13-21

 

Tomlinson, J. (1999), ‘Globalised Culture: the Triumph of the West?’, in T. Skelton and T. Allen (1999), Culture and Global Change, London: Routledge, pp. 22-29

 

Film Exhibition: ‘Mona Lisa Smile’ (Refer to your course assistant for the time and place of the exhibition)

 

Week 6/Week 7: Families

 

Giddens, A. (2006), ‘Families and Intimate Relationships’ in A. Giddens (2006), Sociology, 5th Edition, Cambridge: Polity Press, pp. 202-249

 

Discussion Readings:

 

Smelser, N. J. (1994), ‘Family and Intimacy’ in Sociology, Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 336-355.

Kerestecioğlu, İ. Ö. ‘Family as the Micro-Power Domain of Ottoman-Turkish Modernization’, pp. 103-111

 

Week 8: Religious Holiday

 

Week 9/Week 10/Week 11: Stratification and Class

Giddens, A. (2006), ‘Stratification and Class’ in A. Giddens (2006), Sociology, 5th Edition, Cambridge: Polity Press, pp. 292-336

Discussion Readings:

Eder, K. (1993), ‘Introduction: Class and Social Movements’ in K. Eder (1993), The New Politics of Class: Social movements and Cultural Dynamics in Advanced Societies, London: Sage Publications, pp. 1-15

Scott, J. (1997), ‘The Old Boy Network’ in A. Giddens (1997) (ed.), Sociology: Introductory Readings, Oxford: Polity Press, pp.236-242.  

 

Week 12/Week 13: Race, Ethnicity and Migration

 

Giddens, A. (2006), ‘Race, Ethnicity and Migration’, in A. Giddens (2006), Sociology, 5th Edition, Cambridge: Polity Press, pp. 480-529                                                                           

 

Discussion Reading:

 

Film Exhibition: ‘La Haine’ (Refer to your course assistant for the time and place of the exhibition)

 

Film discussion

 

Week 14/Week 15: Cities and Urban Spaces

 

Giddens, A. (2006), ‘Cities and Urban Spaces’, in A. Giddens (2006), Sociology, 5th Edition, Cambridge: Polity Press, pp. 892-935

                                                                             

Discussion Readings:

Keyder, C. (2005), ‘Globalisation and Social Exclusion in Istanbul’, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 29:1, pp. 124-134

Çınar, A. (2007), ‘the Imagined Community as Urban Reality: the Making of Ankara’, in Çınar, A. and T. Bender (2007) (eds.), Urban Imaginaries: Locating the Modern City,