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Course Code and Title: SOS 757-Sociology of Science I

Course Type: Elective
Course Level: Ph.D.
Year and Semester:  Autumn
Course Length:  One Semester
Pre-requisites: None
Language of Instruction: Turkish
Course Credits: 3 0 3
ECTS Credits: 10
Lecturer: Dr. Aylin Görgün-Baran   
Course Contents: In this course, science will be put in sociological perspective. To study science sociologically, that is, to analyse science and its transformations as an institutions as well as an organizations within the process of social changes, such processes should be dealt with in macro and micro dimensions.  In macro dimensions, changes in scientific paradigm are examined within the process of socio-cultural changes. This means that scientific phenomenon need to be examined within patterns conditioned by the interactions between political, economical, geographical, social and cultural causes occurred in certain times and spaces.  In macro dimensions, priority is given to the relations and interactions between scientific community and the organisational-institutional settings whereas analysis in micro dimension is basically concerned with social interactions within the scientific community itself.
Course Objectives: On successful completion of this course the students will be able to have a deeper understanding on the interaction between science and socio-cultural structure, develop awareness about the abstract science, and analyze and discuss the sociological reasons for the paradigmas in social sciences.
Teaching Method: Lecture, group discussions.
Assessement Method: Written exam (two midterm (40 %) and one final (40 %)) and assignment (20%)).
Recommended Reading List:
Acot, Pascal (2005), Bilim Tarihi, Ankara: Dost Kitapevi.
Barnes, Barry (1990) Bilimsel Bilginin Sosyolojisi (Çev. Hüsamettin Arslan) Ankara: Vadi
Yayınları, 1.b
Chalmers, Alan (1990) Bilim Dedikleri (Çev. Hüsamettin Arslan) Ankara: Vadi Yayınları
Friedrichs, Robert W. (1970) A Sociology of Sociology, New York: The Free Pres
Kuhn, Thomas (1982) Bilimsel Devrimlerin Yapısı (Çev. Nilüfer Kuyaş), İstanbul: Alan
Yayıncılık, 1.Basım.
McNeill, H. William (2006), Dünya Tarihi, Çev. A. Şenel, Ankara: İmge Kitapevi.
Urry, Russel Keat,(2001),Bilim Olarak Sosyal Teori, Çev.:N. Çelebi, Ankara:imge Kitapevi.
Yıldırım, Cemal (1988), Bilim Felsefesi, Ankara: Remzi Kitapevi.

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