Koç University

International Summer School




SOCI 100: Introduction to Sociology: Zafer Yenal

SOCI 102: Introduction to Sociology: Culture and Consumption: Zafer Yenal

SOCI 351: Men, Women, and Work (Crosslisted with Gender): Esra Sarıoğlu

This course proposes a broad framework for understanding the nexus between globalization, gender, and labor. The literature on globalization, gender, and labor has grown exponentially over the past three decades. This interest has grown in large part as a response to real-world events: since the 1970s, gendered global production networks have grown substantially as a result of globalization processes and that there are systemic linkages between the global expansion of production, trade and finance and the gendered composition of labor force in these networks. This course helps recast our understanding of labor and gender by focusing on two interlinked questions: In what ways have production processes and labor practices been impacted by globalization? And how have emergent labor practices reshaped social and cultural hierarchies along lines of race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender including masculinities as well as femininities?
A central task of this course is to criticize the methodological nationalism. To do so, first we explore how global forces and connections destabilize the existing hierarchies of scale running from local to regional, national to international, constituted as a part of the development of the nation-state. Then, we examine how locally scaled practices articulates with global dynamics.
We also identify major globalization processes, such as the global city, which do not fit into older conceptions of hierarchies of scale. This type of focus allows us to capture the enormous variability across locales and regions in terms of incorporation to globalization. The course is divided into five sections. The first section examines how research on gender.

SOCI 350: Space, Power, and Politics in Contemporary İstanbul: Ayfer Bartu Candan

This course will focus on the urban dynamics in contemporary Istanbul drawing on sociological and anthropological literature. The social, spatial, cultural and political changes in the city will be examined focusing on the post-1980s period. The emphasis will be on the following issues: globalization; neoliberal urbanism; emerging forms of urban segregation; urban politics; gentrification; social exclusion; migration; urban social movements. Although the focus will be on Istanbul, there will be an attempt to analyze the contemporary urban dynamics in Istanbul through a comparative perspective.