Bachelor TR-NQF-HE: Level 6 QF-EHEA: First Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 6

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
SOC1001 Methodology of Social Sciences Fall 3 0 3 8
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Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Non-Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Hybrid
Course Coordinator : Assoc. Prof. PINAR MELİS YELSALI PARMAKSIZ
Course Lecturer(s): Assoc. Prof. ULAŞ SUNATA ÖZDEMİR
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Course Objectives: This course aims to explain the scientific approaches in Social Sciences. The meaning of science, scientific approaches, methodologies of research and issues of ethics are among the main subjects of this course.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
By the end of the course, students will be able to;

1. Recognise main methodological approaches.
2. Understand the relationship between theory and methodology.
3. Understand a variety of methods of social research.
4. Understand ethical issues in social research.
5. Start designing a research project.

Course Content

This course discusses different ways of doing research in social sciences, defines research and analyses methods and teaches the practical use of research methods.

This course also aims to provide the students basic tenets of methodology in social sciences and to assist them using them in reading the existing sociological research and by using those in designing and conducting their own research projects.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction and course outline
2) Science and Research Weekly readings
3) Major Types of Social Research Weekly readings
4) Theory and Research & Meaning of Methodology Weekly readings
5) Quiz
6) The Ethics of Social Research & Literature Review Weekly readings
7) Qualitative and Quantitative Research Design Weekly readings
8) Qualitative and Quantitative Measurements Weekly readings
9) Qualitative and Quantitative Measurement Weekly readings
10) Quiz
11) Review of subjects
12) Research Proposal Final Project Presentations
13) Research Proposal Final Project Presentations
14) Research Proposal Final Project Presentations


Course Notes / Textbooks: Reading materials will be given weekly
References: Bailey, Kenneth D.. Methods of Social Research.
Neuman, Lawrence W.. Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches.

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 14 % 10
Quizzes 2 % 40
Presentation 1 % 20
Final 1 % 30
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 14 3 42
Study Hours Out of Class 14 6 84
Presentations / Seminar 1 25 25
Project 1 35 35
Midterms 1 2 2
Final 1 2 2
Total Workload 190

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) To be able to critically interpret and discuss the theories, the concepts, the traditions, and the developments in the history of thought which are fundamental for the field of new media, journalism and communication.
2) To be able to attain written, oral and visual knowledge about technical equipment and software used in the process of news and the content production in new media, and to be able to acquire effective abilities to use them on a professional level.
3) To be able to get information about the institutional agents and generally about the sector operating in the field of new media, journalism and communication, and to be able to critically evaluate them.
4) To be able to comprehend the reactions of the readers, the listeners, the audiences and the users to the changing roles of media environments, and to be able to provide and circulate an original contents for them and to predict future trends.
5) To be able to apprehend the basic theories, the concepts and the thoughts related to neighbouring fields of new media and journalism in a critical manner.
6) To be able to grasp global and technological changes in the field of communication, and the relations due to with their effects on the local agents.
7) To be able to develop skills on gathering necessary data by using scientific methods, analyzing and circulating them in order to produce content.
8) To be able to develop acquired knowledge, skills and competence upon social aims by being legally and ethically responsible for a lifetime, and to be able to use them in order to provide social benefit.
9) To be able to operate collaborative projects with national/international colleagues in the field of new media, journalism and communication.
10) To be able to improve skills on creating works in various formats and which are qualified to be published on the prestigious national and international channels.