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Graduate School of Social Sciences - Sociology - Sociology (General Sociology and Methodology) - Third Cycle Programme

General Description
Department of Sociology at Faculty of Letters, Ege University was founded as a department of Behavioral Sciences in 1976. The department has restructured as current situation. It’s one of the oldest Turkey with 4 major field of study and 15 lecturers. The department has been accepting postgraduate students at 3 major fields of study since 1972. The aims of department are providing ground for researches; developing strategies for creating research groups in education and researches; creating ground for national and international colorations; improve the quality of sociological education in Turkey; cooperating with public/institution on different levels.
Qualification Awarded
Students who completed all courses in the curriculum and successfully defended their thesis will get a title of Doctor of Science at the end of the PhD Programme.
Level of Qualification
Third Cycle
Specific Admission Requirements
The applicants who hold a Master's Degree and willing to enroll in the Doctorate programme may apply to the Directorate of Graduate School with the documents. 1-Sufficient score (at least 55 out of 100) from the Academic Staff and Graduate Study Education Exam (ALES) conducted by Student Selection and Placement Center (OSYM) or GRE Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score equivalent to ALES score of 55. 2-English proficiency (at least 70 out of 100 from the Profiency Exam conducted by Ege University Foreign Language Department, or at least 55 out of 100 from ÜDS (University Language Examination conducted by OSYM) or TOEFL or IELTS score equivalent to UDS score of 55. The candidates holding Bachelor's or Master's Degree taught totally in English are exempted from English proficiency requirement. The candidates fulfilling the criteria outlined above are invited to interwiev. The assessment for admission to masters programs is based on : 50% of ALES, 15% of academic success in the undergraduate programme (cumulative grade point average (CGPA) ) 10 % of academic success in the master's programme and 25% of interview grade. The required minimum interview grade is 60 out of 100. The candidates having an assessed score of 65 at least are accepted into the Doctorate programme. The results of the evaluation are announced by the Directorate of Graduate School.
Specific Arrangements For Recognition Of Prior Learning (Formal, Non-Formal and Informal)
The rules for recognition of formal prior learning are well defined. A student who is currently enrolled in a Doctorate Degree programme in the same discipline at another institution and has successfully completed at least one semester, upon submitting all required documents before the deadline, may transfer to the Doctorate Programme at EGE University upon the recommendation of the department administration and with the approval of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School. The decision taken will also include eligibility for exemption from some course requirements of the graduate program. Students who transfer from another university must be successful in the EGE University English Proficiency Exam or in an equivalent English examination. Recognition of prior non-formal and in-formal learning is at the beginning stage in Turkish Higher Education Institutions. Ege University is not an exception to this.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The doctorate programme consists of a minimum of seven courses, with a minimum of 21 national credits, a qualifying examination, a dissertation proposal, and a dissertation. The period allotted for the completion of the Doctorate programmes is normally eight semesters (four years). However, while it is possible to graduate in a shorter time, it is also possible to have an extension subject to the approval of the graduate school. The seminar course and thesis are non-credit and graded on a pass/fail basis. The total ECTS credits of the programme is 240 ECTS. A student may take undergraduate courses on the condition that the courses have not been taken during the undergraduate program. However, at most two of these courses may be counted to the Doctorate course load and credits. The PhD students are required to take the Doctoral Qualifying Examination, after having successfully completed taught courses. The examination consists of written and oral parts. The Doctoral Qualifying Committee determines by absolute majority whether a candidate has passed or failed the examination. Students who fail the Qualifying Examination may retake the examination the following semester. Students failing the Examination a second time are dismissed from the program. Students must register for thesis work and the Specialization Field course offered by his supervisor every semester following the semester, in which the supervisor is appointed. A dissertation supervisor who must hold the minimum rank of assistant professor is appointed for each PhD student. When the nature of the dissertation topic requires more than one supervisor, a joint-supervisor may be appointed. A joint-supervisor must hold a doctoral degree. Periodic monitoring of research work by a thesis monitoring committee is required to be awarded the Doctoral degree. A student who has completed work on the thesis within the time period, must write a thesis, using the data collected, according to the specifications of the Graduate School Thesis Writing Guide. The thesis must be defended in front of a jury. The thesis jury is appointed on the recommendations of the relevant Department Chairperson and with the approval of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School. The jury is composed of the thesis supervisor and 5 faculty members. Of the appointed jury members, up to two may be selected from another Department or another University. The co-supervisor cannot be the jury member. Thesis defense by the candidate is open to all audience and a jury decides to grant/deny the Doctoral degree. A majority vote by the jury members determines the outcome of the thesis or examination. The vote can be for "acceptance", "rejection" or "correction". A student may be given, by a decision of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School, up to six months to complete the corrections. The student must then retake the thesis examination.
Profile of The Programme
PhD program trains Sociology specialists, who have a full knowledge of the academic literature, and theoretical and practical knowledge about sociology as well as experience in sociology research methodology and report writing; produce scientific studies and interpret scientific researches and seize the importance of lifelong learning and ethical values at the same time.
Occupational Profiles of Graduates With Examples
Our graduates can be employed both in public and private sector at different positions. Besides they can take the opportunity of developing their career in academic arena.
Access to Further Studies
Graduates who succesfully completed doctorate degree may apply to both in the same or related disciplines in higher education institutions at home or abroad to get a position in academic staff or to governmental R&D centres to get expert position.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
Students are required to take a mid-term and final examination for course evaluation. The final grade is based on the mid-term examination grade and the final examination grade with the contribution of 40% and 60% respectively. To pass any course, a student must receive at least 70 out of 100. The assessment for each course is described in detail in "Individual Course Description".
Graduation Requirements
Graduation requirements are explained in the section “Qualification Requirements and Regulations” .
Mode of Study (Full-Time, Part-Time, E-Learning )
Address, Programme Director or Equivalent
Prof.Dr. Önal Sayın, Ege University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Sociology, 35100 Bornova Izmir, Turkey
2 professors, 3 associate professors, 5 assistant professors,1 instructor and 2 resaerch assistans are affiliated in the department. Although overwhelmingly theoretical education is provided, students can find opportunities in gain experience through study in resaearch projects of the staff. Meanwhile, students can do internship in private or public institutions, depening on their wills. They can complete a part of their education in any European university through LLP/Erasmus Programme.

Key Learning Outcomes
1Ability to use computers and statistical data necessary to carry out a Sociological Research.
2Ability to follow the developments in the field of Sociology.
3Ability to gain the behavior of Life Long Learning.
4Ability to communicate and show initiative as a Sociologist in his/her field of duty.
5Ability to grasp structures and operations of basic social institutions /sectors and identify emerging issues in these areas.
6To have foreign language skills sufficient enough to follow developments in the field of Sociology
7To apply his/her knowledge and skills in disciplinary and interdisciplinary group works
8To become conscious of career ethics
9Ability to evaluate the contributions of analysis and interpretation of social issues by a Sociologist in global and local frames
10Ability and responsibility to follow the social issues at global and local levels
11Ability to collect,analyze and interpret data about any social problem
12Ability to analyze and design a social issue, on the basis of a theoretical framework and research techniques chosen according to a specified destination
13Identification, modeling, and analyzing of social facts and events by using the knowledge of basic concepts and theories in Sociology
14Having the ability and potential to produce academic information in Sociology and Social Sciences.

Key Programme Learning Outcomes - NQF for HE in Turkey
TYYÇKey Learning Outcomes
COMPETENCES (Competence to Work Independently and Take Responsibility)1
COMPETENCES (Learning Competence)1
COMPETENCES (Communication and Social Competence)1
COMPETENCES (Field Specific Competence)1

Course Structure Diagram with Credits
T : Theoretical P: Practice L : Laboratory
1. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 GENELSOS-DOK-SDG1 Elective - - - 14
2 9201286422010 Political Dimensions Of EU-Turkey Relations Compulsory 3 0 0 8
3 9201296892012 Semiology Compulsory 3 0 0 8
Total 6 0 0 30
2. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 GENELSOS-DOK-SDG2 Elective - - - 14
2 9201296862012 Sociology In Turkey Compulsory 3 0 0 8
3 9201286292010 Theory And Research In Mass Communication Compulsory 3 0 0 8
Total 6 0 0 30
3. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 DRUAD691 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 5
2 DRTEZ693 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 15
Total 0 0 0 20
4. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 DRUAD691 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 5
2 DRTEZ692 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 25
Total 0 0 0 30
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