Course Contents

Course Code and Title: SOS 112-History of Science

Course Type: Compulsory
Course Level: Undergraduate
Year and Semester: First year, Spring
Course Length: One Semester, 3 hours lectures per week
Prerequisite(s): None
Language of Instruction: Turkish
Course Credits: 3 0 3
ECTS Credits: 6
Lecturer: Dr. Aylin Görgün-Baran
Course Content: The scope of this course includes discussions about the development of ways of thinking in human beings from the ancient civilisations (B.C.), how the knowledge of everyday life is transformed into scientific knowledge and the place of different knowledge types. These questions are considered in connection with economical, political, social events and scientific developments in every period of time and every society from ancient civilizations (Egyptian, Mesopotamian), Middle Ages in Europe, Middle Ages in the Muslim World, The Renaissance, Newtonian physics in the 17th century, Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century and scientific developments in the 19th and 20th centuries. In this course, topics such as scientific ethics and the existence of alternative methodological tendencies against natural sciences are also discussed, taking into consideration the definition, importance, meaning and classification of science.
Course Objectives: On success completion of this course, the student will be able to assess the metodological advances in natural sciences together with the political, economical and social events of the related periods, comprehend the effects of these advances on the sociological studies, understand and express the current status of science based on the ancient science.
Teaching Method: Lectures and classroom discussions
Assessment Method: Written exams and assignment (two midterms (40%), final (50%), and assignment (10%)).
Recommended Reading:
Aydın, Ayhan (2004), Düşünce Tarihi ve İnsan Doğası, İstanbul: Gendaş Kültür.
Acot Bascal, (2005), Bilim Tarihi, Ankara: Dost Kitapevi.
Bayet, A.(2000) Bilim Ahlakı (Çev.V.Günyol), İstanbul:Türkiye İş Bankası Kültür Yay.
Koyré, A. (2000) Bilim Tarihi Yazıları (Çev.V. Günyol), Ankara: Tübitak Yayınları.
Medawar, P. B. (1996) Genç Bilim Adamına Öğütler (Çev.N.Arık), Ankara: Tübitak Yay.
Tekeli, Sevim ve diğerleri. (1999) Bilim Tarihine Giriş, Ankara: Nobel Yayınları.
Ural, Şafak. (1998) Bilim Tarihi, İstanbul: Kırkambar Yayınları.
Yıldırım Cemal. (1983) Bilim Tarihi, İstanbul: Remzi Kitapevi.
____________ (1985) Bilim Felsefesi, İstanbul: Remzi Kitapevi.

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