Department of Sociology

Networks and social Space(SOC402)

Course Code Course Name Semester Theory Practice Lab Credit ECTS
SOC402 Networks and social Space 8 3 0 0 3 6
Admission Requirements
Language of Instruction English
Course Type Elective
Course Level Bachelor Degree
Course Instructor(s) Burge Erginli (Email)
Objective The main course goals are to realize the difference between substantial and relational thinking, to learn to apply network theory to practical problems in and about social space, to conduct research into new forms of ties between social entities in the changing world, present the results in academic way and to develop critical, reflexive attitude and give constructive feedback to others.
Content The concept of social space is frequently used in social studies, although its definitions may vary according to different approaches. One of the plenty of approaches to social space is the network approach which examines social entities by considering their interdependency. On the basis of recent network literature, the course Networked Social Space focuses on how social actions occur in a networked social space, and subsequently, what role physical space plays in the formation, continuation or extinction of the relationships which generates social space.

The seminar gives insights in theoretical aspects (relational thinking and the interplay between networks, social and physical space), methodological aspects (how to study networked space) and practical aspects (how can network theory and analysis be applied in social studies) of networked social space.
Course Learning Outcomes The course aims at developing students to gaining a critical, reflexive attitude towards (social) scientific literature, to improve the written and oral presentation skills, and the academic skills of giving and receiving constructive feedback. These goals will be examined in the form of an individual literature review (assignment 1), group report to be presented both as a written report (assignment 5) and as oral presentation in the mid-term and at the end of the course (assignment 4). The students are expected to give serious feedback to their peers (assignment 2). The students are also expected to draw and evaluate their own personal networks.

1) individual assignment (literature review): 10%
2) giving peer-feedback 10%
3) introducing individual personal networks 10%
4) mid-term and end presentation 20% (both 10%)
5) group assignment (research into networked space): 40%
6) mid-term exam: 10%
Teaching and Learning Methods Lectures, discussion lectures, workshop
References In addition to this obligatory reading, students are expected to collect and use 5 articles relevant to their own literature reviews.

Emirbayer, M. (1997). Manifesto for a Relational Sociology. American Journal of Sociology, 103(2), 281–317.
Pattison, P., & Robins, G. (2004). Building Models for Social Space: Neighourhood-based Models for Social Networks and Affiliation Structures. Mathématiques et Sciences Humaines. Mathematics and Social Sciences, (168), 11–29.

Berkowitz, S. D. (1982). An Introduction to Structural Analysis: The Network Approach to Social Research. Toronto: Butterworths.
Wellman, B. (1983). Network Analysis: Some Basic Principles. Sociological Theory, 1, 155–200.
Scott, J. (2000). Social network analysis: a handbook (2nd Edition). London?; Thousands Oaks, Calif: SAGE Publications.

Borgatti, S. P., & Everett, M. G. (1992). Notions of Position in Social Network Analysis. Sociological Methodology, 22, 1.
Faust, K., & Wasserman, S. (1992). Blockmodels: Interpretation and evaluation. Social Networks, 14(1–2), 5–61.

WEEK 11:
Van Eijk, G. (2010). Unequal networks: spatial segregation, relationships and inequality in the city. Delft: Delft Univ Press.
Granovetter, M. (1973). The Strength of Weak Ties. American Journal of Sociology, 78(6), 1360–1380.

WEEK 12:
Bridge, G. (2002). The Neighbourhood and Social Networks. ESRC Centre for Neighbourhood Research, (CNR Paper 4).
Wellman, B. (1979). The Community Question: The Intimate Networks of East Yorkers. American Journal of Sociology, 84(5), 1201–1231.
Hampton, K. N., & Wellman, B. (2002). The not so Global Village of Netville. In B. Wellman & C. Haythornthwaite (Eds.), The Internet in Everyday Life (pp. 345–371). Blackwell Publishers Ltd.
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Contribution to Overall Grade
  Number Contribution
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade 5 60
Contribution of final exam to overall grade 1 40
Toplam 6 100
In-Term Studies
  Number Contribution
Presentation 2 20
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 1 10
Other Applications 2 20
Term Paper/ Project 1 40
Reports 1 10
Toplam 7 100
No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 The student will be able to recognize and assess the essential theoretical perspectives both in sociology and its related domains. X
2 The student will be able to make use of the major theoretical analyses and sociological concepts in his/her own research topics. X
3 The student will be able to articulate sociological perspective and reasoning with social and historical facts, and to interpret social and historical issues with a sociological eye. X
4 The student will be able to assess the current state of research and knowledge on the classical and contemporary domains of sociological inquiry as well as its relevant fields. X
5 The student will be able to design and conduct a sociological research with appropriate theoretical construction and empirical methods. X
6 The student will be able to produce a written research report that relates research questions to empirical findings. X
7 The student will be able to appropriately use both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. X
8 The student will be able to make appropriate use of statistical software programs for data processing and analysis. X
9 The student will be able to make appropriate use of statistical software programs for data processing and analysis. X
10 Graduates will be able to follow the scientific production both in English and French as well as Turkish. X
11 Graduates will be able to develop a comparative and interdisciplinary approach which will integrate sociology within a broader social science perspective. X
12 Graduates will be able to interpret the history and modernization of Turkey through its sociological consequences. X
13 The student will be able to intervene to social and political processes in order to propose possible solutions to the problems caused by social inequalities and discriminations. X
14 The student will be able to develop a reflexive point of view on his/her position as a a sociologist as well as a researcher. X
Activities Number Period Total Workload
Presentation 2 10 20
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 1 30 30
Other Applications 2 6 12
Term Paper/ Project 1 30 30
Reports 1 15 15
Learning Diary 5 8 40
Total Workload 147
Total Workload / 25 5,88
Credits ECTS 6
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