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SOC 502 Media and Politics 3 Credits
This is a seminar course designed to explore three aspects of media/politics in particular: (1) transnational/ national news agencies and media organizations in the era of digital, cable and satellite communication (2) critical debates on issues such as bias and objectivity in political reporting, tabloid news, political scandal, investigative journalism (3) intersections between media power and national politics, including such themes as 'agenda 'spin control', 'the spiral of silence' or 'political advertising'.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Spring 2015-2016 Media and Politics 3
Fall 2014-2015 Media and Politics 3
Fall 2012-2013 Media and Politics 3
Fall 2011-2012 Media and Politics 3
Fall 2010-2011 Media and Politics 3
Fall 2009-2010 Media and Politics 3
Spring 2007-2008 Media and Politics 3
Spring 2006-2007 Media and Politics 3
Spring 2004-2005 Media and Politics 3

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ECTS Credit: 10 ECTS / 10 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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SOC 503 Social Studies of Constitutions and Constitutionalism 3 Credits
In recent years, constitutionalism as a mode of political action undertaken by courts and other political entities has become key to efforts of political reconstruction. In both South Africa and Eastern Europe, for example, constitutionalism has become the modus operandi of setting the framework of new political orders, for coming to terms with a troublesome past, and for gaining political legitimacy vis-à-vis global or regional trans-national institutions. At the same time, constitutions today, as in the past, remain a crucial site for contesting and negotiating the boundaries of the legitimate order and work as a juridico-political context for affirming and enacting deeply rooted imaginations of a nation's past, present and future. Constitutional courts, as well as other constitutional bodies emerge as major players in these contestations. We will examine these processes through the specific examples of the European Union, Hungary and South Africa. In particular the historical, political, social and economic dynamics at work in these contexts concentrating on the making of constitutions, the operation of constitutional bodies and the entangled notions of constitutionalism is discussed.

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ECTS Credit: 10 ECTS / 10 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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SOC 504 Media Research Workshop 3 Credits
The main aim of this workshop will be to provide hands-on experience in media research techniques. Students will be expected to work on individual projects and/or joint projects learning to apply various techniques such as ''frame analysis'',; ''narrative analysis''; ''focus group analysis''. The reading materials for the course will include examples from existing media research with different kinds of materials (visual, written, digital) as well as conventional ''methodology'' articles.

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ECTS Credit: 10 ECTS / 10 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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SOC 508 Religion and Politics 3 Credits
This course examines the interaction of religious and political authorities, discourses, and institutions through historical, comparative, and normative perspectives. We will start our discussion with a survey of the role of religion in the formation of modern political institutions and identities, including the modern state, long-distance and national social movements, welfare regimes, and national identities. We will then investigate various aspects of religious politics, focusing in particular on religious movements and violence, the rise and transformation of religious parties, secularism as political ideology and movement and the relationship between religious politics and democracy. The course will conclude with a review of recent debates in political theory on the legitimate place of religion in public life and in the political sphere. In the course of the semester, we will discuss empirical cases drawn from Europe, the U.S., the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Spring 2014-2015 Religion and Politics 3
Fall 2013-2014 Religion and Politics 3
Fall 2012-2013 Religion and Politics 3
Fall 2011-2012 Religion and Politics 3
Spring 2010-2011 Religion and Politics 3

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ECTS Credit: 10 ECTS / 10 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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SOC 513 Turkish Social Thought 3 Credits
The course will deal with the basic social and political ideas developed in the early and late republican period in Turkey. in the first part a special emphasis will be given to the formation of the social thought via the constitution of the notion of law and society within the framework of the 'essential' conflictual concepts, such as east-west, modernity-conservatism. In the second part basic schools of thought (like blue Anatolia) and the ideas and arguments of the prominent thinkers and intellectuals will be analyzsed. in this regard new understanding of the social and the political will be dissected with special reference to such debates as, modernity, postmodernity, secularism, political Islam, Europe, globalisation. An extensive review of Turkish literature in this context is imperative.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Spring 2009-2010 Turkish Social Thought 3
Spring 2008-2009 Turkish Social Thought 3
Spring 2006-2007 Turkish Social Thought 3
Spring 2004-2005 Turkish Social Thought 3

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ECTS Credit: 10 ECTS / 10 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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SOC 520 Sociology of Mobilities 3 Credits
This course introduces students to the study of current mobilities of everything (people, ideas, goods, capital, and images), the social, cultural and political aspects of the infrastructure and workings of mobility places and systems, and the historical formation of the mobility of as an inseparable feature of civilization, modernity and globalization. Topics to be covered include Mobilities Theory; cities as interfaces and spaces of travel and tourism; inequalities across (im)mobilities; historical development of transportation systems; global structures of mobilities; airports, railways, and container ports; mutual constitution of transportation, travel and tourism; social, cultural and economic impacts of transportation systems and hubs over place-making and social relations.

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Spring 2017-2018 Sociology of Mobilities 3

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ECTS Credit: 10 ECTS / 10 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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SOC 521 Urban Sociology 3 Credits
Social implications of urban life with respect to such topics as patterns of city growth; urban social organization (family, neighbourhood, community); urban social issues (housing, crime); urban policy and urban planning (sociology of planning, citizen participation)

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Spring 2016-2017 Urban Sociology 3

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ECTS Credit: 10 ECTS / 10 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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SOC 532 Sexualities, Sociabilities 3 Credits
Who are we?? Every social group tries to answer this question, albeit with significant variation across cultures and throughout history. All social groups also try to define and enact rules about the sexual activities of their members. Sociological and anthropological literature shows that the ways in which social groups define their rules about sexuality relate to the ways in which they define boundaries and maintain spaces for themselves. In this course we are going to survey existing theoretical discussions and research about this problematic. Specific themes for discussion will vary, but are likely to include such issues as homosexuality, honor crimes and the headscarf

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Fall 2017-2018 Sexualities, Sociabilities 3
Spring 2008-2009 Sexualities, Sociabilities 3

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ECTS Credit: 10 ECTS / 10 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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