Şehir-Sociology’s vision is based on the concept of the global articulation of a local perspective. It aims to creatively combine sound education with cutting-edge research, high academic standards with sensitivity to social issues as well as the global with the local. From this global perspective, its mission is two-fold: to offer its students an intellectually-satisfying and interdisciplinary education, and to produce sophisticated knowledge based on rigorous methods and original research. It thus aims to contribute to the accumulation of refined knowledge, instead of repeating what has already been produced. To this end, Istanbul Sehir University MA Program in Sociology offers to those who have questions in mind and social responsibility in character a free research environment and a rich intellectual atmosphere where free thinking can flourish.

Combining small size with intellectual diversity, MA Program in Şehir-Sociology makes it its priority to offer its students a wide range of theoretical and methodological perspectives of its faculty, who are committed to student-centered education by working closely with students in small seminar settings and providing them with sound guidance. Areas of faculty interest include political sociology, historical and comparative analysis, everyday life, the sociology of culture and religion, social movements, economic sociology and organizations, social inequality, urban ethnography, ethnicity and nationalism, identity, gender and advanced statistics. The department is also committed to extending the range of scholarly exchange and courses offered each semester by hosting some of the leading sociologists from all over the world.

Şehir-Sociology is committed to contributing to the production of advanced knowledge in Turkey and the world at large with the original research by its faculty members and graduate students. Based on the notion of rigorous empirical research that also guides teaching in the program, the department emphasizes the examination of significant -historical as well as contemporary- problems (and their solutions) in Turkey and beyond.

Şehir-Sociology also aims to synchronize its dynamic priorities in research and education with the best sociology programs in the world, thus avoiding the traps of static and obsolete agendas. Moreover, based on the assumption that a sound research program requires rigorous knowledge of theory and methodology, it includes compulsory courses in classical and contemporary theory and advanced research methods, in addition to many elective courses in various fields. MA Program in Şehir-Sociology thus aims to help students improve their sociological imaginations, with which they can see and interpret the world around them from a broader perspective.

The objectives of the graduate program include not only the production and transmission of an intellectual repertoire but also preparing the students for successful careers in national and international organizations, public and private institutions, including particularly NGOs, research centers, universities and the media. Such a range of careers requires harnessing sophisticated knowledge with cultural capital and an imaginative perspective, which the graduate program is prepared to provide. Şehir-Sociology also offers a wide range of cultural capital to professionals with little social-science background who would like to better understand the society they live in and to see their social environment from a different perspective than what they have been taught. Last but not least, another crucial aim of the graduate program is to help the students get equipped with necessary qualifications to pursue further academic degrees (e.g. Ph.D.’s) in some of the world’s best universities.

MA Program in Şehir-Sociology also takes pride in being an integral part of Şehir’s landmark graduate and undergraduate teaching program, one based on interdisciplinarity and diversity. In close collaboration with graduate programs in history, cultural studies, and modern Turkish studies at Şehir, our program is dedicated to helping students learn to think analytically about their society and to prepare them for a wide range of careers. Thus, on one hand, we offer a number of common courses with other programs, on the other hand, we encourage our students to take (elective) classes from all three of the above graduate programs. For graduation, the students are required to complete a minimum of 8 courses and 24 graduate credits. They are also required to write an MA thesis of reasonable length.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Will produce an interdisciplinary knowledge of the national and global problems concerning different societies

  2. Will know the basics of qualitative and quantitative research data collection methods, analyze the data and interpret them

  3. Will know the emergence of sociology as a discipline and the dynamics which led to development of sociology in history

  4. Will be familiar with the works and theories of the classical as well as contemporary social thinkers

  5. Will have a strong human sciences background and sociological imagination which helps to understand social events in historical contexts

  6. Will be familiar with fundamental concepts and discussions in social sciences

  7. Will not compromise from universal and scientific ethical principles

  8. Will be able to evaluate the contributions of analyzing and interpreting social issues at the global and local level as a sociologist

  9. Will have a strong command of languages, particularly English, in terms of not only reading but also writing and speaking

  10. Will have the social consciousness and responsibility regarding social problems at global and national level

  11. Will demonstrate the ability to use appropriate concepts and ideas and suitable forms of communication according to the audiences
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