Political Science

Introduction to Sociology(SP121)

Course Code Course Name Semester Theory Practice Lab Credit ECTS
SP121 Introduction to Sociology 1 3 0 0 3 5
Admission Requirements
Language of Instruction French
Course Type Compulsory
Course Level Bachelor Degree
Course Instructor(s) Hakan YÜCEL hakanyucel1970@gmail.com (Email)
Objective The course aims to familiarize students with sociology and to make them understand that they will able to use that knowledge to interpret the social phenomena, in other words to learn the scientific study of society. The course aims also to perform this scientific study of society with theories of sociology and social sciences under the genesis of modernity. The course emphasizes to make sociology of modernity.
Content The sociology can be defined as a discipline which is interested in relationships that the men establish among themselves either directly or indirectly through institutions, customs, rules and the art…And all human actions can be an object of analysis for sociology.
The first sessions of the course will be devoted to the brief study about the evolution of social sciences and sociology. Then, we will discuss in many sessions, the genesis of sociology as a discipline of social sciences, through the writings of the precursors of the discipline who had created different approaches and theories for analyzing the society. From this perspective, we will insist on theories of the precursors and founders of sociology like August Comte, Alexis de Tocqueville, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber… Finally, still from the perspective of sociology of modernity, the human condition in the modern city will be analyzed especially through the theories developed by Georg Simmel and Chicago School, by insisting on interactionist approach and the concept of urban ecology.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who have followed and successfully completed the course are able to:

1) Explain the basic concepts of social sciences
2) Define the social facts
3) Understand the relationship that we establish either directly or indirectly through institutions, customs, rules and the art…
4) Analyze the social phenomena
5) Establish the relationship between social change and social groups.
Teaching and Learning Methods The course will be mostly based on magisterial presentations and discussions about the weekly readings. These two elements require regular attendance of students and also reading of texts. The information about texts to be read will be given every week in class.
The students will be asked to provide their contributions to the course every week by preparing and realizing a presentation of a research about compulsory readings.
References BERGER Peter, Invitation à la sociologie, Editions la Découverte, 2006.
BRICHET Max, Introduction à la sociologie, Ellipes Edition, 2007.
CABIN Philippe & DORTIER Jean-François, La Sociologie, Sciences Humaines Editions, 2000
DEMEULENAERE Pierre, Histoire de la théorie sociologique, Hachette Livre, 1997.
DEVINAT Annie, Les grands courants de la pensée sociologique par les textes, t.1, Hachette, 1999
DEVINAT Annie, Les grands courants de la pensée sociologique par les textes, tome II, Hachette,
DORTIER Jean-François, Les Sciences Humaines, Sciences Humaines Editions, 2009
DORTIER Jean-François, Une histoire des sciences humaines, Sciences Humaines Editions, 2005
GIDDENS Anthony, Sociology, 6e edition, Polity Pres, 2009.
LOBRICHON Guy, MESURE Sylvie, SAVIDAN Patrick (sous la dir.), Dictionnaire des sciences humaines, PUF, 2006.
MOLENAT Xavier, La Sociologie, Sciences Humaines Editions, 2009
COLLIOT-THELENE Catherine, La sociologie de Max Weber, Eds. La Découverte, Paris, 2006
DURAND Jean-Pierre, La sociologie de Marx, Editions la Découverte, 1995
STEINER Philippe, La sociologie de Durkheim, Eds. La Découverte, 2005
VANDENBERGHE Frédéric, La sociologie de Georg Simmel, Editions la Découverte, 2001
MARTUCELLI Danilo, Sociologie de la modernité: l’itineraire du XXe siècle, Gallimard, 1999
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Theory Topics
Week Weekly Contents
1 Science, Human Sciences, Social Sciences
2 Evolution of History as Social Science
3 Evolution of Anthropology
4 Debate on Social Sciences
5 Sociology of Auguste Comte
6 Sociology of Alexis de Tocqueville
7 Sociology of Karl Marx
8 Mid-term examination
9 Sociology of Emile Durkheim
10 Sociology of Max Weber
11 Sociology of Georg Simmel
12 Chicago School
13 Chicago School (2)
14 Sociology of Modernity
Practice Topics
Week Weekly Contents
Contribution to Overall Grade
  Number Contribution
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade 0 60
Contribution of final exam to overall grade 0 40
Toplam 0 100
In-Term Studies
  Number Contribution
Assignments 2 50
Presentation 0 0
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 1 50
Project 0 0
Laboratory 0 0
Other Applications 0 0
Quiz 0 0
Term Paper/ Project 0 0
Portfolio Study 0 0
Reports 0 0
Learning Diary 0 0
Thesis/ Project 0 0
Seminar 0 0
Other 0 0
Toplam 3 100
No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Understanding the major theories, concepts, foundations, and methodologies used in the study of politics. X
2 Identifying the structure and operation of the political system in Turkey and other political systems in the world. X
3 Identifying and gathering information from credible primary and secondary sources; analyzing and synthesizing the acquired knowledge. X
4 Generating and testing empirically hypotheses about political processes, institutions, mechanisms and relationships. X
5 Designing, conducting and interpreting the results of original research in accordance with the scientific and ethical principles by using basic research methods. X
6 Showing awareness and sensivity towards issues related to democracy, human rights and social peace. X
7 Appraising the sources of societal conflict and how they can be resolved by political means. X
8 Examining critically the nature of change in the global political community, and the complex character of processes such as globalization. X
9 Taking a role in a teamwork in political science and general fields of other related disciplines. X
10 Following publications in foreign languages and communicating with the colleagues in the international environment by using French which is the language of education in Galatasaray University and English, the compulsory foreign language. X
11 Using required level of information and communication technologies. X
Activities Number Period Total Workload
Class Hours 14 3 42
Working Hours out of Class 12 3 36
Assignments 12 3 36
Presentation 0 0 0
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 1 18 18
Project 0 0 0
Laboratory 0 0 0
Other Applications 0 0 0
Final Examinations (including preparation) 1 22 22
Quiz 0 0 0
Term Paper/ Project 0 0 0
Portfolio Study 0 0 0
Reports 0 0 0
Learning Diary 0 0 0
Thesis/ Project 0 0 0
Seminar 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
Total Workload 154
Total Workload / 25 6,16
Credits ECTS 6
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