Office hours: Monday, 13:45-15:00.
Gero117 & Gero118: Methodology of Social Science I – II
A two-semester introduction to the methodology and research techniques used in social sciences. This course introduces the philosophy and practice of social research. Comparing of the natural and social sciences in terms of their subject matter, we first explore approaches to reality and their methods. We then study the relation between theory and empirical research in the social sciences. With the formulation of research problems and selection of the appropriate research design we study the basic practices that are a component of all methods of social research through an examination of interviews, surveys, and archival research. We also discuss the general problems of measurement and data collection techniques. Students spend the quarter working on a series of assignments that helps to improve their research proposal for the BA thesis.
Gero115: Sociology of Ageing
In light of the demographic revolution in the age composition of world populations it seems reasonable and timely therefore for Turkey to investigate the following questions: What is the course of ageing in its most naked form and basic meaning in Turkey? What are the conditions of older people based on sociological factors such as daily life, gender, marital status, education, income, and health? Thus, the focus of this course is on trying to identify trends in ageing as they affect the world and specifically Turkey today and in the future.
A two-semester introduction to articulate linkages between personal experiences about ageing and broader historical, demographic, political, economic, and sociocultural contexts. This course will introduce sociological frameworks to understand the theoretical perspectives and research approaches in relation to a variety of subject areas, including: health, living arrangements, ethnicity and religion, social class, gender, family relationships, informal and formal support, work and retirement.
Gero231 & Gero232: Social Statistics and Computer Application I -II
A two-semester introduction to techniques of summarizing and interpreting social science data. Topics include purposes and limitations of statistics, theory and operational definitions, level of measurement, descriptive statistics, probability and combinations, independence and random sampling, inductive statistics, steps in testing and hypotheses, inferential statistical procedures such as analysis of variance, correlation and regression, multiple regressions considered as they are used by practicing social scientists. The course also provides introductory level of experience in software for encoding and analysing data.
GERO419: Data Analysis with SPSS
In this course we aim to provide the basic procedures and principles of quantitative data analysis with SPSS. The usual steps for working with SPSS in secondary analysis are taken from the research question to the result. First, univariate statistics such as the median, the arithmetic mean, and the variance will be briefly presented. Second, advanced statistical techniques such as the linear and logistic regression models, factor analysis and correspondence analysis will be discussed in detail. Having acquainted themselves with these skills, students are expected to make inferences about data. To learn how to make data speak is the major objective of this course.
Office hours: Friday, 13:45-15:00.
Gero507: Practicum in Social Research
The course aims to sophisticate students in techniques of social research through assignment to a research project for the semester. Students learn and apply research and data analysis techniques by using real social science data. Quantitative as well as qualitative research techniques are introduced and applied to various data-sets. The course seeks to increase the analytical skills of the students.