SOC3072 Sociology of MigrationBahçeşehir UniversityDegree Programs ENERGY SYSTEMS ENGINEERINGGeneral Information For StudentsDiploma SupplementErasmus Policy StatementNational QualificationsBologna Commission
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) Build up a body of knowledge in mathematics, science and Energy Systems Engineering subjects; use theoretical and applied information in these areas to model and solve complex engineering problems.
2) Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex Energy Systems Engineering problems; select and apply proper modeling and analysis methods for this purpose.
3) Ability to design complex Energy systems, processes, devices or products under realistic constraints and conditions, in such a way as to meet the desired result; apply modern design methods for this purpose.
4) Ability to devise, select, and use modern techniques and tools needed for solving complex problems in Energy Systems Engineering practice; employ information technologies effectively.
5) Ability to design and conduct numerical or pysical experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret results for investigating the complex problems specific to Energy Systems Engineering.
6) Ability to cooperate efficiently in intra-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams; and show self-reliance when working on Energy Systems-related problems
7) Ability to communicate effectively in English and Turkish (if he/she is a Turkish citizen), both orally and in writing. Write and understand reports, prepare design and production reports, deliver effective presentations, give and receive clear and understandable instructions.
8) Recognize the need for life-long learning; show ability to access information, to follow developments in science and technology, and to continuously educate oneself.
9) Develop an awareness of professional and ethical responsibility, and behave accordingly. Be informed about the standards used in Energy Systems Engineering applications.
10) Learn about business life practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; develop an awareness of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development.
11) Acquire knowledge about the effects of practices of Energys Systems Engineering on health, environment, security in universal and social scope, and the contemporary problems of Energys Systems engineering; is aware of the legal consequences of Energys Systems engineering solutions.