FACULTY OF FINE ARTS AND DESIGN

Department of Architecture

GENS 202 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Philosophy Of Science
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
GENS 202
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
6

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Service Course
Course Level
First Cycle
Mode of Delivery -
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course Lecture / Presentation
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives In this course it is aimed that the students would see the relation of science and philosophy in a historical and holistic way by analysing examples from different disciplines.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • To understand the stages of scientific thought in different periods
  • To question the main purpose of science, relating scientific thought to philosohy
  • To see the ethical problems in different scientific fields
  • To understand the main similarities and methodological differences between natural and social sciences
Course Description

 



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 the course: Major themes in the philosophy of science Ch. 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4
2 The Scientific Revolution: A very short history of the scientific revolution Ch. 1.5
3 Empiricism I: The empiricist tradition, the Vienna Circle and the Central Ideas of Logical Positivism Ch. 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
4 Empiricism II: Logical Empiricism, the Web of Belief, Experience, Experiment and Action Ch. 2.4, 2.5
5 The Problem of Induction: Induction, Deduction, Confirmation, Explanatory Inference, the ravens problem Ch. 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
6 Popper: Conjecture and Refutation. Popper’s unique place in the philosophy of science, Popper’s theory of science and scientific change, idea of falsification, objections to Popper’s ideas Ch. 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5
7 Kuhn and Scientific Revolutions I: Paradigms, anomaly and crisis, revolutions Ch. 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5
8 Kuhn and Scientific Revolutions II: Incommensurability, relativism, progress Ch. 5.6, 5.7, 5.8
9 Theories and Framework I: Lakatos and research programs, Laudan and Research Traditions Ch. 6.1, 6.2, 6.3
10 Theories and Framework II: Feyerabend and his anything goes approach Ch. 6.4, 6.5, 6.6
11 The Challenge from Sociology of Science: Merton and the old sociology of science, strong program, Leviathan, Latour Ch. 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4
12 Science and Politics: Feminist ideas of science, sex and gender in behavioral biology, feminist epistemology, values Ch. 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5, 8.6
13 Naturalistic Philosophy: Naturalism, Quine, the role of observation, division of labor in science, competition, goals of science Ch. 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 9.5, 9.6
14 Scientific Realism: Science and realism, empiricism vs. realism, metaphysical constructivism, idea of progress Ch. 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7
15 Review of the Semester
16 Final Exam

 

Course Notes/Textbooks
Suggested Readings/Materials

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
20
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
2
40
Final Exam
1
40
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
0
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: '.16.' x total hours)
16
0
Study Hours Out of Class
0
Field Work
0
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
0
Portfolio
0
Homework / Assignments
0
Presentation / Jury
0
Project
0
Seminar / Workshop
0
Oral Exam
0
Midterms
2
0
Final Exam
1
0
    Total
0

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to offer a professional level of architectural services.

2

To be able to take on responsibility as an individual and as a team member to solve complex problems in the practice of design and construction.

3

To be able to understand methods to collaborate and coordinate with other disciplines in providing project delivery services.

 

4

To be able to understand, interpret, and evaluate methods, concepts, and theories in architecture emerging from both research and practice.

5

To be able to develop environmentally and socially responsible architectural strategies at multiple scales. 

6

To be able to develop a critical understanding of historical traditions, global culture and diversity in the production of the built environment.

7

To be able to apply theoretical and technical knowledge in construction materials, products, components, and assemblies based on their performance within building systems.

8

To be able to present architectural ideas and proposals in visual, written, and oral form through using contemporary computer-based information and communication technologies and media.

9

To be able to demonstrate a critical evaluation of acquired knowledge and skills to diagnose individual educational needs and direct self-education skills for developing solutions to architectural problems and design execution.

10

To be able to take the initiative for continuous knowledge update and education as well as demonstrate a lifelong learning approach in the field of Architecture.

11

To be able to collect data in the areas of Architecture and communicate with colleagues in a foreign language ("European Language Portfolio Global Scale", Level B1)

12

To be able to speak a second foreign language at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to their field of expertise. 

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

 


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