Course Contents

Course Code and Title: SOS 152-Sociology of Small Groups

Type of Course: Elective
Year and Semester: One Semester
Pre-requisite(s): None
Language of Instruction: Turkish
Course Credits: 3 0 3
ECTS Credits: 6
Name of Lecturer: Dr. Gülay Arıkan
Course Contents: Group homogenity and the classification of groups; group structure and its process; the conceptualization of leadership; the role of small groups in explaining social behaviour; the reasons for investigation of small groups in sociological and sociopsychological research;  methods and techniques used in small group investigations together with ample small group research.
Course Objectives: At the end of the semester the students will be able to:

  • Account for such concepts as friendship in small groups, team spirit, group atmosphere, the sense of togetherness, the sense of “we”, the sense of being a group and the sense of belonging;
  • Comment on types of leadership, the formation of norms and structural features of norms, changes in streotype views;
  • Generalize the theoeretical knowledge they acquire in the courses to small group interactions in daily life situations.

Teaching Method: Lecture and discussion
Assessment Method: Two mid-term examinations (each 25%) and one final (50 %).
Recommended Reading           
Hortaçsu, Nuran. (1998) Grup İçi ve Gruplar Arası Süreçler, Ankara: İmge Kitabevi.
Hagg, Michael. (1997) Sosyal Psikolojik Açıdan Grupta Bütünleşme, (çev. Aliye Mavili Aktaş), Ankara: Sistem Yayıncılık. 
Külebi Ahmet. (1986)  Grup Dinamiğinde İnsan Davranışı, Sosyal Psikolojide Kuram, Yöntem ve Uygulama, Ankara: Bilim Yayınları.
Sakallı, Nuray (2001). Sosyal Etkiler, Ankara: İmge Kitabevi.
King, Charles. (1998) The Sociology of Small Groups: A Handbook of Theory and Experiment, Ann Arbor.
Beebe, Steven. (1997) Communication in Small Groups: Principles and Practies, New York:  Longman.

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