Course Code & Number:
Introduction to Sociology
(3+0+0) 3 TEDU Credits, 5 ECTS Credits
Definition and content of sociology, key concepts in sociology, study areas of sociology, historical development of sociology in Turkey and in the world, the relationship between sociology and other disiplines, social groups and their characteristics, methods in sociology, the relationship between the individual and the society and the effects of society on the individual, education from a sociological perspective, the relationship between education, society and individual, the roles and responsibilities of school as a societal institution, teacher and student from a sociological perspective, opportunity equality in education, social activity, class stratification, the relationship between culture, society and civilization, and current sociological study/research examples.
Pre-requisites & Co-requisites:
Active in-class participation - 10%
Projects - 40%
Presentations - 20%
Mid-term Exam - 10%
Final Exam - 20%
1. John J. Macionis & Ken Plummer: Sociology. A Global Introduction, Fifth Edition, Pearson, 2012.
This course aims to familiarize students with the basic concepts and theories of sociology. It tries to reveal the global and universal as well as humanistic approach to sociology. Besides it aims to include and value the rapid transformations and advancements of today’s world. Most importantly the course aims to make students understand that society affects them deeply and that many things they think about as being personal, in reality are social and thus topics of sociology.
Upon succesful completion of this course, a student will be able to
1. Display knowledge about sociology’s main concepts and theories.
2. Reveal the intellectual and ethic importance of the sociological imagination.
3. Apply and relate individual experiences to society per se and sociological concepts.
4. Encourage critical thinking, awareness and consciousness of socio-economic, cultural and political processes.
5. Gain and apply non-discriminative behavior and language.
6. Acquire a human-centered and gender-sensitive view and recognize the value of individual, social, political, cultural diversity.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods:
Simulation & Games
Assessment Methods and Criteria:
Test / Exam