GENS 207 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Scientific Thinking and Society
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
GENS 207
Fall/Spring
3
0
4
6

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Service Course
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The aim of this course is to contribute to the ideal of science society, by training students on how to differ pseudoscientific claims from the scientific ones. In this course, two main topics, biological evolution theory and genetically modified (GM) foods, which are under a long debate in Turkey will be explained in detail. Students who take this course will gain the ability to perform a fact-check and evaluate scientific basis of the claims they encounter in everyday life. This course is for students that are interested in popular science.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Discuss biological evolution
  • Gain basic scientific understanding in order to generate their own individual opinion
  • Learn how scientific information is generated and detect pseudoscientific claims quickly
  • Increase their scientific understanding and critical thinking skills
Course Content Scientific method, practical guide to detect pseudoscience, GM food and biological evolutionary theory debate in Turkey and in the world

 



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 to science and pseudoscience Pre-reading
2 Examples of science and pseudoscience in Turkey and in the world Pre-reading
3 Methods to detect pseudoscience Pre-reading
4 Evolution of living things Pre-reading
5 Mechanisms of evolution Pre-reading
6 Perception of evolution theory in Turkey and in the World Pre-reading
7 Midterm Pre-reading
8 Modern agriculture and genetic engineering Pre-reading
9 Genetically modified (GM) food Pre-reading
10 Production and regulation of GM food Pre-reading
11 Future of GM food Pre-reading
12 Perception of GM food in Turkey and in the world Pre-reading
13 Group activity and discussion: GM food Pre-reading
14 Group activity and discussion: Evolution Pre-reading
15 Semester review Pre-reading
16 Final examination

 

Course Textbooks

Recent popular and scientific literature 

References

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
1
10
Homework / Assignments
1
10
Presentation / Jury
1
20
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
20
Final / Oral Exam
1
30
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
5
70
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
1
30
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
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
1
12
Homework / Assignments
1
8
Presentation / Jury
1
12
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
20
Final / Oral Exam
1
40
    Total
140

 

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