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PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE PROGRAMME COURSE DESCRIPTION

Code Name of the Course Unit Semester In-Class Hours (T+P) Credit ECTS Credit
SOS445 PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 5 3 3 5

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 : Elective
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: This course aims to enable students to use the basic concepts of knowledge theory, to distinguish the main trends in epistemology and philosophy of science, to discuss the basic problems related to the structure of knowledge and science.
Contents of the Course Unit: Contents of the course include the basic concepts and problems of the philosophy of knowledge. In addition to thematic discussions, parts of selected basic texts will be read and discussed in chronological order.

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

Compares different currents in the philosophy of epistemology and science.
Gives examples of the properties and stages of scientific method.
Distinguishes the basic concepts of epistemology and philosophy of science.
Evaluates science from the conceptual, historical and critical aspects.

WEEKLY COURSE CONTENTS AND STUDY MATERIALS FOR PRELIMINARY & FURTHER STUDY

Week Preparatory Topics(Subjects) Method
1 - Introduction to knowledge and knowledge theory Lecture, Discussion
2 Reading: Cevizci, p. 21-44. Justification and trueness theories. Lecture, Discussion
3 Reading: Ozlem, chapter 2. The problem of knowledge sources. Empiricism, rationalism. Lecture, Discussion
4 Reading: Cevizci, s. 44-68. Possibility of knowledge. Scepticism. Lecture, Discussion
5 Reading: Ozlem, chapter 3. Scientific method: perception, observation, description, explanation. Lecture, Discussion
6 Reading: Ozlem, chapter 4. Scientific method: concept, law, theory. Lecture, Discussion
7 Reading: Cevizci, s. 85-100 Reading Philosophy of Science in Ancient Greece Lecture, Discussion
8 - MID-TERM EXAM -
9 Reading: Cevizci, s. 100-129. Revision of the semester Lecture, Discussion
10 Reading: Cevizci, s. 100-129. Philosophy of Science in Late Primeval Era and Middle Age Lecture, Discussion
11 Reading: Cevizci, s. 129-151. Modern rationalism. Lecture, Discussion
12 Reading: Cevizci, s. 151-186. Modern empiricism. Lecture, Discussion
13 Reading: Cevizci, s. 203-211. Positivism and neo-positivism. Lecture, Discussion
14 Reading: Cucen, chapter 11. Post positivism. Lecture, Discussion
15 Reading: Ozlem, chapter 6. Historical and social approaches to science Lecture, Discussion
16 - FINAL EXAM -
17 - FINAL EXAM -

SOURCE MATERIALS & RECOMMENDED READING

Cevizci, Ahmet. (2018). Bilgi felsefesi. Istanbul: Say
Ozlem, Dogan. (2013). Felsefe ve doga bilimleri. Istanbul: Notos
Stroker, Elisabeth. (2010).Bilim kuramına giris. Istanbul: Gundogan
Cucen, . (2017). Bilim felsefesine giriş. Istanbul: Sentez
Okasha, Samir. (2016) Philosophy of Science: Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press

ASSESSMENT

Assessment & Grading of In-Term Activities Number of Activities Degree of Contribution (%) Description
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.
1
2
Students interpret concepts and theories taking into account their historical-cultural contexts.
4
3
Students compare sociological theories with reference to social problems.
0
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.
0

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.
5
3
Students act ethically impartial in their research studies.
5

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 2 26
Land Surveying 0 0 0
Group Work 0 0 0
Laboratory 0 0 0
Reading 12 4 48
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 1 6 6
Mid-Term Exam 1 1 1
Preparation for the Mid-Term Exam 1 4 4
Short Exam 0 0 0
Preparation for the Short Exam 0 0 0
TOTAL 43 0 128
Total Workload of the Course Unit 128
Workload (h) / 25.5 5
ECTS Credits allocated for the Course Unit 5,0