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INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY PROGRAMME COURSE DESCRIPTION

Code Name of the Course Unit Semester In-Class Hours (T+P) Credit ECTS Credit
SOS118 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY 2 3 3 4

GENERAL INFORMATION

Language of Instruction : Turkish
Level of the Course Unit : BACHELOR'S DEGREE, TYY: + 6.Level, EQF-LLL: 6.Level, QF-EHEA: First Cycle
Type of the Course : Compulsory
Mode of Delivery of the Course Unit Face to face
Coordinator of the Course Unit Prof.Dr. KAMİL KAYA
Instructor(s) of the Course Unit Assist.Prof.Dr. BAŞAK ARAY

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS

Objectives of the Course Unit: At the end of this course, students will be able to recognize the most important arguments of religion, metaphysics, epistemology and morality and analyze, evaluate and criticize these arguments with logical reasoning.
Contents of the Course Unit: Contents of the course include the examination of most effective arguments on the philosophy of religion in Western philosophy (St. Aquinas, Pascal, Plato and Nietzsche); metaphysics (Parmenides, Plato, Berkeley, Epicurus, Sartre); epistemology (Descartes, Gettier, Hume) and moral philosophy (Plato, Aristotle, Kant and Mill).

KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE COURSE UNIT (On successful completion of this course unit, students/learners will or will be able to)

Recognize the most important arguments of Western philosophy about religion, metaphysics, epistemology and moral philosophy
Question whether these arguments can be derived from the results and precessors or not.
Differentiate valid, coherent and robust reasoning from invalid, inconsistent and inaccurate reasoning.
Interpret the most important arguments of western philosophy.
Discuss with each other in order to better predict and avoid counter-arguments.
Interpret moral dilemmas based on philosophical thought experiments and hypothesis.

WEEKLY COURSE CONTENTS AND STUDY MATERIALS FOR PRELIMINARY & FURTHER STUDY

Week Preparatory Topics(Subjects) Method
1 Reading Discussion on the nature of philosophical arguments Lecture-Discussion
2 Reading Philosophy of Religion: Five Evidences of St. Aquinas Lecture-Discussion
3 Reading Argument of Word, Onthological argument Lecture-Discussion
4 Reading Pascal's gambling, James' desire to believe Lecture-Discussion
5 Reading Problem of evil, Defense of free will Lecture-Discussion
6 Reading Euthyphron dilemma, Nietzsche’s argument of "God is Dead" Lecture-Discussion
7 Reading Metaphysics: Parmenides' rejection of change, Platon's argument of ideas Lecture-Discussion
8 - MID-TERM EXAM -
9 Reading Metaphysics: Parmenides' rejection of change, Platon's argument of ideas Lecture-Discussion
10 Reading Berkeley's idealism, Epicurus' argument on death, Sartre's argument on freedom Lecture-Discussion
11 Reading Epistemology: Descartes's Cogito argument, Gettier problem, Hume's problem of reasoning Lecture-Discussion
12 Reading Philosophy of ethics: Platon's State, Aristoteles' argument on function Lecture-Discussion
13 Reading Philosophy of ethics: Platon's State, Aristoteles' argument on function Lecture-Discussion
14 Reading Kant's categorical command Lecture-Discussion
15 Reading Mill and utilitarianism Lecture-Discussion
16 - FINAL EXAM -
17 - FINAL EXAM -

SOURCE MATERIALS & RECOMMENDED READING

Bruce,M., Barbone,S.(2017). Batı Felsefesindeki 100 Temel Mesele, (M. Topal, Çev.). İletişim Yayınları, İstanbul.
Platon. (2018). Devlet, Türkiye İş Bankası Kültür Yayınları, İstanbul.
Nietzsche, F. (2010). Ahlakın Soy Kütüğü Üzerine, (T. Erdem, Çev.). Arya Yayıncılık, İstanbul.
Paul, R. ,Elder, L.(2014). Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Learning and Your Life, Pearson: Essex, UK.
Dennet,D. (2013). Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking, Norton: New York.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment & Grading of In-Term Activities Number of Activities Degree of Contribution (%) Description
Mid-Term Exam 1 50
Final Exam 1 50
TOTAL 2 100
Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5

CONTRIBUTION OF THE COURSE UNIT TO THE PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

KNOWLEDGE

Theoretical

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students define the concepts they learned and match them with their corresponding phenomena in the social world.
5
2
Students interpret concepts and theories taking into account their historical-cultural contexts.
5
3
Students compare sociological theories with reference to social problems.
2
4
Students distinguish the significance of ecological, social and economical sustainability for world’s future.
0
5
Students develop their knowledge on sustainability by the use of information and communication technologies.
0

KNOWLEDGE

Factual

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students evaluate qualitative and quantitative data of sociological research studies.
0
2
Students analyse the complicated interactions between the social, cultural, political, economical and demographical phenomena of the global world.
1

SKILLS

Cognitive

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students design a research by their acquired knowledge and experience.
0

SKILLS

Practical

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students research field study considering the principle of cultural relativity, scientific and ethical values.
0
2
Students efficiently apply the most suitable information and communication technologies in their studies.
0
3
Students use their knowledge on ecological, social and economical sustainability in all aspects of their lives.
0

OCCUPATIONAL

Autonomy & Responsibility

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students research on problems which reflect on their fields in the global world undergoing rapid and profound change.
0

OCCUPATIONAL

Learning to Learn

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students criticize their advanced knowledge and skills in an analytical manner.
5
2
Students develop their knowledge and skills within the frame of scientific, technological and current developments via adopting the principle of lifelong learning.
0
3
Students act ethically impartial in their research studies.
0

OCCUPATIONAL

Communication & Social

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students criticize their advanced knowledge and skills in an analytical manner.
5

OCCUPATIONAL

Occupational and/or Vocational

Programme Learning Outcomes Level of Contribution
0 1 2 3 4 5
1
Students apply the principle of cultural relativity, scientific and ethical values with reference to sustainability throughout their studies in their careers.
0

WORKLOAD & ECTS CREDITS OF THE COURSE UNIT

Workload for Learning & Teaching Activities

Type of the Learning Activites Learning Activities (# of week) Duration (hours, h) Workload (h)
Lecture & In-Class Activities 14 3 42
Preliminary & Further Study 13 1 13
Land Surveying 0 0 0
Group Work 0 0 0
Laboratory 0 0 0
Reading 0 0 0
Assignment (Homework) 0 0 0
Project Work 0 0 0
Seminar 0 0 0
Internship 0 0 0
Technical Visit 0 0 0
Web Based Learning 0 0 0
Implementation/Application/Practice 0 0 0
Practice at a workplace 0 0 0
Occupational Activity 0 0 0
Social Activity 0 0 0
Thesis Work 0 0 0
Field Study 0 0 0
Report Writing 0 0 0
Final Exam 1 1 1
Preparation for the Final Exam 7 4 28
Mid-Term Exam 1 1 1
Preparation for the Mid-Term Exam 5 3 15
Short Exam 0 0 0
Preparation for the Short Exam 0 0 0
TOTAL 41 0 100
Total Workload of the Course Unit 100
Workload (h) / 25.5 3,9
ECTS Credits allocated for the Course Unit 4,0