SOC 410 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Myths, Beliefs and Thoughts in History
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
SOC 410
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
6

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The principal purpose of this course is to provide the students through myths with a deep and analytical understanding on the beliefs, values and thoughts of the ancient world. The course will enable them to gain a cognitive and analytical approach in extracting historical facts from the ancient literary sources as it also offers a ground for discussion.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • will be able to explain the basic historical concepts and terms.
  • will be able to examine the myths and the ancient literary sources, and evaluate their functional aspect.
  • will be able to analyze and define the social, cultural and religious values and facts they obtained from the sources in question by questionizing within the framework of causality.
  • will be able to synthesize the data they obtained from the myths and literary sources in a comparative approach.
  • will be able to evaluate the dynamics of the modern world by taking their earliest instances into consideration
  • will be able to develop research methods concerning mythological, archeological and literary data in order to make historical research.
  • will be able to express their knowledge and thoughts orally and by writing.
Course Content Intersecting Mythology and History this course highlights the crucial role of the myths as one of the basic tools in the study of antiquity, revealing eternal truths about the nature of man, relationships between man and man, man and society, and man and the divinities. The course attempts to illuminate the religious beliefs, moral values, social customs and early rational thoughts peculiar to the archaic world with special emphasis on Greek mythology and philosophy. This will be related through a cognitive, analytical and comparative approach under the light of the ancient literary sources.

 



Course Category

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

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction: Definition of myth and the relation between mythology and history as two distinct disciplines G. S. Kirk, Myth: Its Meaning and Functions in Ancient & Other Cultures (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press), 1998.
2 Nature of Myth: Its meaning and function in ancient cultures G. S. Kirk, Myth: Its Meaning and Functions in Ancient & Other Cultures (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press), 1998
3 Themes: Creation, Fertility and Heroic myths and common beliefs and thoughts lying behind them Mircae Eliade, Dinsel İnançlar ve Düşünceler Tarihi I, çev. Ali Berktay (İstanbul: Kabalcı Yay.), 2000; G. S. Kirk, Myth: Its Meaning and Functions in Ancient & Other Cultures (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press), 1998
4 Myth and society in archaic world: Mesopotamia and Egypt Donna Rosenberg, World Mythology, Chicago, 1986; Mircae Eliade, Dinsel İnançlar ve Düşünceler Tarihi I, çev. Ali Berktay, İstanbul, 2000;
5 Greek mythology and polytheism: Homeros and Hesiodos G. S. Kirk, The Nature of the Greek Myths, London, 1990.
6 Midterm exam I
7 Homeros: Readings of selected passages from Iliad and Odysseia On religious beliefs and social values Homeros, Iliad, tr. by A. T. Murray, Cambridge, 1999. Homeros, Odyssey, tr. by A. T. Murray, Cambridge, 1995.
8 Hesiodos: Readings of selected passages from Theogonia on Universe, creation and religion Hesiodos, Theogonia, tr. By Norman O. Brown, New York, 1953.
9 From Myths to Philosphy: Discussion on the socioeconomic basis of the transition from from mythdominated understanding to rational thought. G. S. Kirk, Myth: Its Meaning and Functions in Ancient & Other Cultures (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press), 1998.
10 The early intellectual and philosophical movements in Greece: the approach of Milesian School Jonathan Barnes, Early Greek Philosophy, London, 1987
11 Midterm exam II
12 The essence of the Sophist philosophy and its basic concepts on religion and ethics, Thoughts from Sokrates and Aristotales, Society and State in Plato Jonathan Barnes, Early Greek Philosophy, London, 1987
13 Epicurean approach to life Equalitarianism, pacifism and humanitarianism in Stoicism Jonathan Barnes, Early Greek Philosophy, London, 1987
14 General Discussion and Evaluation
15 Review of the Semester  
16 Review of the Semester  

 

Course Textbooks The related chapters in the mentioned books
References

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
10
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
2
50
Final / Oral Exam
1
40
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
60
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
40
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
16
4
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
10
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
2
15
Final / Oral Exam
1
20
    Total
172

 

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. X
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. X
3 To be able to critically use the knowledge acquired in the field of sociology X
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. X
5 To be able to identify and evaluate local, regional and global issues and problems. X
6 To be able to share their ideas and solutions supplemented by qualitative and quantitative data in written and oral forms. X
7 To be able to make use of other disciplines related to sociology and to have core knowledge related to those disciplines. X
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) X
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) X
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 X
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. X

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