GENS 205 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Natural Science
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
GENS 205
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
4

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Service Course
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This course introduces the history of Western mankind's changing understanding of the natural world from Greek antiquity through the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • The students who succeed in this course will become familiar with the developments (and their significances in their respective historical contexts) of scientific thought from the beginning of history to the 17th century.
Course Content See Schedule

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction Discussion Topic: Does the word science accurately describe Babylonian, Egyptian and Greek thought about nature? Why is "scientist" in quotation marks in the syllabus? Should it be? Reading: Lindberg ch. 1
2 The Pre-Socratics Discussion Topic: What was the "problem of change?" Was it more severe than "the problem of knowledge?" Reading: Lindberg ch. 2, Parmenides on Blackboard
3 Plato Discussion Topic: From Plato's point of view, what was his single most important concept? Why would Plato think it was the most important? Explain Plato's successful theory of nature. Reading: Lindberg ch. 2,3, Plato on Blackboard
4 Aristotle Discussion Topic: From Aristotle's point of view, what was his single most important concept? Why would Aristotle think it was the most important? Explain Aristotle's successful theory of nature. Reading: Lindberg ch. 3,4 Aristotle on Blackboard
5 Ptolemy, Galen, Greek natural philosophers in review Discussion Topic: What exactly were Plato's and Aristotle's respective influences on Greek astronomy just before Ptolemy? Was astronomy then more Platonic or more Aristotelian, or neither? Reading: Lindberg ch. 4,5, 6 Aristarchus, and Ptolemy on Blackboard
6 1st Midterm
7 Early Medieval Science in Europe and Islamic world Discussion Topic: In medieval science, which word best describes the relationship between science and religion: harmony, separation, conflict? Why? Reading: Lindberg ch. 7-11
8 Vesalius, Harvey Discussion Topic: What were Vesalius and Harvey's major contributions to 16th century medical sciences? Reading: Lindberg ch. 13, Dear Ch.2 & 7, Harvey on Blackboard
9 Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Kepler, Galileo Discussion Topic: What were Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Kepler, and Galileo's major contributions to 16th century astronomical sciences? Reading: Dear Ch.2 & 7
10 Descartes Discussion Topic: From Descartes' point of view, what was his single most important concept? Why would Descartes think it was the most important? Explain Descartes' successful theory of nature. Reading: Dear Ch.2 & 4, Descartes on Blackboard
11 2nd Midterm
12 Newton Reading: Dear Ch.6,7,8
13 Newton Reading: Dear Ch.6,7,8
14 General Review
15 Review of the Semester
16 Review of the Semester

 

Course Textbooks
References

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
1
15
Homework / Assignments
2
20
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
2
30
Final / Oral Exam
1
35
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
4
65
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
1
35
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
Field Work
11
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
1
Homework / Assignments
2
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
2
20
Final / Oral Exam
1
30
    Total
118

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to scientifically examine concepts and ideas in the field of sociology; to be able to interpret and evaluate data.
2 To be able to define classical and contemporary theories in sociology; to be able to identify the differences and similarities among those theories and to be able to evaluate them.
3 To be able to critically use the knowledge acquired in the field of sociology
4 To be able to plan and conduct, individually or as a member of a team, an entire sociological research process with the knowledge of methodological requirements of the field.
5 To be able to identify and evaluate local, regional and global issues and problems.
6 To be able to share their ideas and solutions supplemented by qualitative and quantitative data in written and oral forms.
7 To be able to make use of other disciplines related to sociology and to have core knowledge related to those disciplines.
8 To be able to follow developments in sociology and to be able to communicate with international colleagues in a foreign language. (“European Language Portfolio Global Scale,” Level B1)
9 To be able to use computer software required by the discipline and to possess advancedlevel computing and IT skills. (“European Computer Driving Licence”, Advanced Level)
10 To be able to use a second foreign language at the intermediate level.
11 To have social and scholarly values and ethical principles during the collection and interpretation of data for implementation, publication, dissemination, and maintenance
12 To acquire life long learning abilities that will enable the socially responsible application of knowledge based on their field of study to their professional and everyday lives.

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest