Bachelor TR-NQF-HE: Level 6 QF-EHEA: First Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 6

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
GEP0801 20th Century History of Thought Fall 3 0 3 4
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: GE-Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Dr. BURCU ALARSLAN ULUDAŞ
Course Lecturer(s): Dr. Öğr. Üyesi DERYA TARBUCK
Recommended Optional Program Components: none
Course Objectives: The aim of this course is to make an introduction to the principles of 20th century thought from a historical perspective.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
After successfully completing this course the student will be able
• to define what 20th century thought is
• to understand the historical dynamics of 20th century thought
• to outline the main principles of 20th century thought
• to think openmindedly within alternative systems of thought
• to communicate effectively with other in figuring out solutions to complex problems

Course Content

• The evolution of 20th century thought
• The rise of history and ideology
• The attack on authority (secularism and individualism)
• Parallel truths

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction none
2) Beginnings: Max Planck and Quantum, Picasso in Paris, Nietzsche, Veblen, Spencer Coursebook
3) Einstein, Rutherford, Russell and Whitehead, the intellectual consequences of war, Wittgenstein. coursebook
4) Spengler, Economic consequences of peace, idea of progress, Whig history coursebook
5) Golden Age of Physics, Freud and the West, Jung and Modern Man. coursebook
6) Benjamin, Keynes, German Academics in Turkey Coursebook
7) Sartre, Merleu-Ponty, Camus, Beckett, Hannah Arendt coursebook
8) Wittgenstein, Skinner vs. Chomsky, Hayek, Martin Luther King. coursebook
9) Moon Landing, Braudel and Annales Okulu, Pulsars coursebook
10) Oil Crisis, The contradictions of Capitalism, Studies on Genetics. coursebook
11) AIDS, Susan Sontag, Lyotard, Rorty. coursebook
12) Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, Edward Said, Culture Wars Coursebook
13) Revision Coursebook
14) Final Exam Coursebook


Course Notes / Textbooks: Peter Watson, The Modern Mind, An Intellectual History of the 20th century (Perrenial, 2002)
References: None

Evaluation System

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

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 14 3 42
Midterms 2 15 30
Final 1 20 20
Total Workload 92

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) To be able to critically interpret and discuss the theories, the concepts, the traditions, and the developments in the history of thought which are fundamental for the field of new media, journalism and communication.
2) To be able to attain written, oral and visual knowledge about technical equipment and software used in the process of news and the content production in new media, and to be able to acquire effective abilities to use them on a professional level.
3) To be able to get information about the institutional agents and generally about the sector operating in the field of new media, journalism and communication, and to be able to critically evaluate them.
4) To be able to comprehend the reactions of the readers, the listeners, the audiences and the users to the changing roles of media environments, and to be able to provide and circulate an original contents for them and to predict future trends.
5) To be able to apprehend the basic theories, the concepts and the thoughts related to neighbouring fields of new media and journalism in a critical manner.
6) To be able to grasp global and technological changes in the field of communication, and the relations due to with their effects on the local agents.
7) To be able to develop skills on gathering necessary data by using scientific methods, analyzing and circulating them in order to produce content.
8) To be able to develop acquired knowledge, skills and competence upon social aims by being legally and ethically responsible for a lifetime, and to be able to use them in order to provide social benefit.
9) To be able to operate collaborative projects with national/international colleagues in the field of new media, journalism and communication.
10) To be able to improve skills on creating works in various formats and which are qualified to be published on the prestigious national and international channels.