Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
708001142016INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL SCIENCESCompulsory123
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The main goal of this course is to help fresher students to gain an understanding of the terminology, epistemology, methodology and concerns of social sciences with ethical awareness of the difficulties in researching social phenomena
Name of Lecturer(s)
Asist. Prof. Göknur (Bostancı) Ege
Learning Outcomes
1identifying the concerns of social sciences
2understanding the basic terminology and theories in social sciences
3to obtain familiarity with the epistemology, methodology and research techniques in social sciences
4awareness of the ethical problems in researching social phenomena
5developing a critical thinking on human related issues
6understanding the related terminology in English
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
Competence in English: Being able to read, write, understand and speak in English
Recommended Optional Programme Components
The students are recommended to do further reading and research to get better understanding, develop their own thinking and be aware of different approaches on the course subjects
Course Contents
The course content covers following subjects: understanding the social, classifications and definitions of the human related disciplines, and interdisciplinary relations, difference between natural sciences and human sciences, principles of the social sciences, terminology of the social sciences: understanding basic concepts, the epistemology and methodology in the social sciences, positivism and the social sciences, causation and determinism, empiricism, methodology and research techniques in social sciences, interpretation of human related research material.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1understanding the social
2Classifications and definitions of the human related disciplines, and interdisciplinary relations
3Difference between natural sciences and human sciences
4Principles of the social sciences
5Terminology of the social sciences: understanding basic concepts
6Terminology of the social sciences: understanding basic concepts
7Terminology of the social sciences: understanding basic concepts
8Mid-Term Exam
9Understanding the epistemology and methodology in the social sciences
10Positivism and the social sciences
11Causation and Determinism
12Empiricism
13Methodology and research in social sciences
14Methodology and research in social sciences
15Interpretation of human related research material
16Final Exam
Recommended or Required Reading
Malcolm Williams Science and social science: an introduction Routledge, 2000 M. Duverger, Introduction to social sciences, Allan & Unwin 1961 Bruce A. Chadwick, Howard M. Bahr, Stan L. Albrecht Social science research methods Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, c1984. Martin Hollis The philosophy of social science an introduction, Cambridge University Press, 1994 Elgin F. Hunt Social science; an introduction to the study of society. Macmillan 1972 Jarvie Ian C., Zamora-Bonilla J., Philosophy of Social Science, Sage Publicattions, 2011 August Comte Introduction to positive philosophy, Translation: Frederick Ferré, Hackett Publishing, 1988
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
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
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End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
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Language of Instruction
English
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination111
Final Examination111
Attending Lectures14342
Discussion818
Individual Study for Mid term Examination155
Individual Study for Final Examination155
Reading14228
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)90
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
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* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
 
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