SOC1051 Introduction to PhilosophyBahçeşehir UniversityDegree Programs ENERGY SYSTEMS ENGINEERINGGeneral Information For StudentsDiploma SupplementErasmus Policy StatementNational QualificationsBologna Commission
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Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
SOC1051 Introduction to Philosophy Fall 3 0 3 7
This catalog is for information purposes. Course status is determined by the relevant department at the beginning of semester.

Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Non-Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Prof. Dr. AYŞE NİLÜFER NARLI
Course Lecturer(s): Instructor TUĞRUL ÖZKARACALAR
Recommended Optional Program Components: "."
Course Objectives: The aim of this course is to describe the foundations of philosophy. The course gives due attention to specific philosophical questions related to the relationship between the idea of self that emerges in modernity along with the scientific worldview, on the one hand, and social structures in general, on the other.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
The students who succeeded in this course will be able to:

(1)Identify various conceptual approaches to philosophy

(2)Describe major theories about knowledge

(3)Acquire conceptual and analytical thinking related to

(4)Develop to apply theoretical ideas to social science

(5) Develop to build micro and macro link in analyzing philosophy by using several theories

Course Content

In this course specific philosophical questions related to the relationship between the idea of self that emerges in modernity along with the scientific worldview, on the one hand, and social structures in general, on the other will be taught.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction
2) What is Philosophy? [Craig, chp. 1]
3) What Should I Do? [Craig, chp. 2]
4) How Do We Know? [Craig, chp. 3]
5) How Do We Know? [Craig, chp. 3]
6) Course review and homework submission Homework submission
7) What I am? [Craig, chp. 4]
8) Some Themes [Craig, chp. 5]
9) Of “isms” [Craig, chp. 6]
10) Some High Spots [Craig, chp. 7]
11) Some High Spots [Craig, chp. 7]
12) Assignment Presentation Assignment presentation (oral)
13) Homework submission Homework submission
14) Assignment Presentation Assignment Presentation (Oral) continue from the 12th week


Course Notes / Textbooks: Edward Craig, “Philosophy – A Very Short Introduction”, Oxford University Press, 2002
* William Outhwaite, “The Philosophy of Social Science”, in: Bryan S. Turner, The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory”, pp. 47-70.

Additional readings will be announced.
Haftalık ek okumalar duyuralacaktır.

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 14 % 10
Homework Assignments 2 % 20
Presentation 1 % 10
Midterms 1 % 20
Final 1 % 40
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 14 3 42
Study Hours Out of Class 14 5 70
Presentations / Seminar 1 10 10
Homework Assignments 2 20 40
Midterms 1 2 2
Final 1 3 3
Total Workload 167

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) Build up a body of knowledge in mathematics, science and Energy Systems Engineering subjects; use theoretical and applied information in these areas to model and solve complex engineering problems.
2) Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex Energy Systems Engineering problems; select and apply proper modeling and analysis methods for this purpose.
3) Ability to design complex Energy systems, processes, devices or products under realistic constraints and conditions, in such a way as to meet the desired result; apply modern design methods for this purpose.
4) Ability to devise, select, and use modern techniques and tools needed for solving complex problems in Energy Systems Engineering practice; employ information technologies effectively.
5) Ability to design and conduct numerical or pysical experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret results for investigating the complex problems specific to Energy Systems Engineering.
6) Ability to cooperate efficiently in intra-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams; and show self-reliance when working on Energy Systems-related problems
7) Ability to communicate effectively in English and Turkish (if he/she is a Turkish citizen), both orally and in writing. Write and understand reports, prepare design and production reports, deliver effective presentations, give and receive clear and understandable instructions.
8) Recognize the need for life-long learning; show ability to access information, to follow developments in science and technology, and to continuously educate oneself.
9) Develop an awareness of professional and ethical responsibility, and behave accordingly. Be informed about the standards used in Energy Systems Engineering applications.
10) Learn about business life practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; develop an awareness of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development.
11) Acquire knowledge about the effects of practices of Energys Systems Engineering on health, environment, security in universal and social scope, and the contemporary problems of Energys Systems engineering; is aware of the legal consequences of Energys Systems engineering solutions.