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Course Code and Title: SOS 612-Methodology II

Course Type: Elective
Level: Masters
Year and Semester: Autumn/Spring
Course Length: One Semester
Language of Instruction: Turkish
Pre-requisite(s): None
Course Credits: 3 0 3
ECTS Credits: 7
Name of Lecturer: Dr. Abdulkerim Sönmez
Course Contents: This course builds on the issues discussed in Methodology I and deals with problems and prospects of realism and other methodological approaches used as alternatives to positivism and constructivism. To this end particular attention is paid to the problems of description, conceptualization, abstraction, theorization, statistical and causal analysis, truth claims and adequacy of knowledge, and aims of social science and methodology. Examples are drawn from both classical and contemporary texts of social science and the students are asked to draw from their own experience of conducting social research.
Course Objectives: The students are expected to enhance their understanding of methodology in social science in a comparative perspective and to develop their abilities to make critical assessment of their own and others’ work. 
Teaching Method: Lectures and discussions.
Assessment Method: Short presentations and participating in classroom discussions (25 percent), assignments or written exams (75 %).
Recommended Reading:
A. Sayer. (1992). Method in Social Science. A Realist Approach. London and New York:       Routledge.
_____ (2000) Realism and Social Science. London, Thousand Oaks and New Delhi: Sage      Publications
R. A. Morrow with D. D. Brown. (1994). Critical Theory and Methodology. Thousand Oaks,   CA, London and New Delhi: Sage Publications.
T. W. Adorno. (2003/1969). “ Sociology and empirical research” in  Philosophies of Social     Science.The Classic and Contemporary Readings, ed by G. Delanty and P. Strydom. Maidenhead-Philadephia: Open University Pres, s. 234-245.
J. Dewey. (2003/1938) “Social inquiry” in G. Delanty and P. Strydom (eds), pp. 290-97.
D. Haraway. (2003/1988). “Situated knowledges. The science question in feminism and       the privilege of partial perspective” in G. Delanty and P. Strydom (eds), pp. 410-       415.
R. Bhaskar. (2003/1979). “Transcendental realism and the problem of naturalism” in G.        Delanty and P. Strydom (eds), pp. 442-447.
J. Elster. (2003/2001) “ Rational choice and the explanation of social action” in G. Delanty and P. Strydom (eds), Maidenhead-Philadephia: Open University Pres, s. 448-455.
R. Collins. (2003/1998) “Sociological realism” in G. Delanty and P. Strydom (eds), s. 456-    59.
J. Habermas. (2003/1999) “Realism after the linguistic-pargmatic turn” in G. Delanty and     P. Strydom (eds), pp. s. 460-67.

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