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
SOC3072 Sociology of Migration Fall 3 0 3 6
This catalog is for information purposes. Course status is determined by the relevant department at the beginning of semester.

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. ULAŞ SUNATA ÖZDEMİR
Course Lecturer(s): Assoc. Prof. ULAŞ SUNATA ÖZDEMİR
Course Objectives: Sociological examination of the nature, perceptions and consequences of population movements and diasporas. Population migrations have the power to transform societies – at the global and local level, in origins and destinations. This course will examine the major contours, concepts, processes, trends and issues of migration from sociological perspective. The course aims to provide the students with a better understanding of economic, political, cultural and familial contexts in migration regarding Turkey.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
This is a demanding, but rewarding, class! I expect you to devote considerable time and energy to the course. Those unable to make the commitment should not enroll. In return, I will share my passion for migration studies and help you gain a deeper understanding of the topic and social science research. By the end of the course, you will have:
(i) a solid understanding of basic migration patterns, legal structures & academic debates;
(ii) hands-on experience gathering, organizing & analyzing different types of empirical data;
(iii) knowledge on migration studies about Turkey.

Course Content

The course is divided into five major sections:
(i) Historical and Theoretical Frameworks
(ii) “Why do people migrate?”
(iii) Migration, Rights & Identities in a Globalizing World
(iv) International Migration, Migration Politics and Social Transformation
(v) Migration Studies in Turkey

We deal with how sociologists understand migration. Weeks 1-3 are introductory and theoretical; Week 4-5 are concerned with major ‘types’ or ‘forms’ of migration, deals with globalization and diasporas (theoretical and typological). There will be presentations covering different examples of migration and diaspora at the following part of the term, but revision classes will be held and videos will be shown. The reading programme for the second part of the term will be published at a later date.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation


Course Notes / Textbooks: General books
Castles, Stephen and M. Miller. The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2003)* (Useful overview; pp. refs are to 3rd edition)
Cohen, Robin. The New Helots: Migrants in the International Division of Labour (Aldershot: Gower 1987) HM 1450.C6 (Covers some of Term 1)
Cohen Robin. Global Diasporas: An Introduction (London: Routledge, 2001)

References: Reference Books
The following reference books contain useful entries on nearly all parts of the course, but they are usually far too expensive to buy. Consult in library, following up some of the bibliographies.
Chaliand, Gérard and Jean-Pierre Rageau The Penguin Atlas of Diasporas (Harmondsworth: Penguin 1995
Cohen Robin (ed) The Cambridge Survey of World Migration (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995)*
Cohen, Robin (ed) Theories of Migration, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 1996
Hoerder, Dirk Cultures in Contact: World Migrations in the Second Millennium Durham: Duke University Press, 2002)
Hoerder, Dirk and Leslie Page Moch (eds) European Migrants: Global and Local Pespectives (Boston 1996)
Kritz, Mary M., Lin L. Lim and Hania Zlotnik (eds) International Migration Systems: a Global Approach (Oxford 1992)
Massey, D. S. and J. E. Taylor (eds) International Migration: Prospects and Policies in a Global Market (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004
Pan, Lynn (ed) The Encyclopaedia of the Chinese Overseas (1999)
Segal, Aaron An Atlas of International Migration (London: Hans Zell, 1993)
Simon, Rita J. and Caroline B Brettall International Migration: The Female Experience Totowa: ??, 1986)

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 14 % 10
Homework Assignments 3 % 25
Presentation 1 % 10
Midterms 1 % 15
Final 1 % 40
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 2 28
Presentations / Seminar 1 5 5
Homework Assignments 3 5 15
Midterms 1 10 10
Paper Submission 1 40 40
Total Workload 140

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.