Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
BTF402THE HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCEElective362
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
To investigate the evolution, developments and the padigma shifts in science and technology throughout the history. To analyse the philosophical contents of knowledge within the social dynamics.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof. Dr. Beno Kuryel
Learning Outcomes
1The recognition and evaluation of scientific knowledge
2Perceiving the change in scientific knowledge throughout history
3Analysing the distinction between science and technology
4Investigating the impact of mathematics on the evolution of science
5Distinguishing the common and different aspects of various scientific and research activities
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Includes the analysis of the evolution of science and technology and the associated epistemological shifts througout historical periods.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1What is to know? Why history of science? Why philosophy of science? To investigate the unseparable unity of history of science and philosophy of science.
2The study of the differences between common knowledge and scientific knowledge. The basics of epistemology. The premises of epistemological analysis.
3The concept of paradigm. Conceptual revolutions in the history of science. Invetigation of paradigma shifts by historical examples.
4The impact of paradigma shifts to the present scientific advances based on historical examples. The investigation of decisive examples like solar system, classical physics, quantum physics, the discovery of oxygen.
5Physical laws and explanation: Investigation of the nature scientific theories.
6Thomas Kuhn: Dealing with the structure of scientific revolutions. Searching for current examples.
7Analysing and evaluation of natural and social sciences based on method and epistemology.
8Midterm Examination
9Studying the pistemological features of science and mathematics and the role of mathematics in natural sciences.
10What is mathematics? How the mathematical knowledge is attained? What is the historical evolution of mathematical thought?
11Is mathematics invented or discovered? The philosophical dimensions of mathematical knowledge and approaches of different philosophical schools.
12The investigation of the evolution of technology with examples from the history of mathematics. The social impact of scientific discoveries.
13Studying the evolutşon theory within different approches. Comparing the biological evolution with the evolution of the production of scientific knowledge.
14Science as a culture: The discussions on social and natural sicences and psychoanalysis.
15The social and psychological components of science. Problems and applications. Examples of modern science.
16Final Examination.
Recommended or Required Reading
Khun, T., “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,” The University of Chicago Press, 1967 Schick, T., “Readings in the Philosophy of Science,” Mayfield Publishig Company, 2000. Omnes, R., “Quantum Philosophy: Understanding and Interpreting Contemporary Science,” Princeton University Press, 1999.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
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Language of Instruction
Turkish
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination177
Final Examination199
Quiz3515
Discussion3412
Self Study5630
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)73
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