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Course Code: 
HUM 103
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Course Objectives: 
This course aims to provide: a comprehensive review of the history of civilization; an understanding of the role of multiple disciplines (philosophy, arts, literature, science) as they progressed within various civilizations around the globe throughout history; how these humanities disciplines contributed to the formation of the value system of our contemporary civilization; to develop the ability to analyze contemporary social movements. Particular emphasis is given to the fields of science, philosophy, arts and literature.
Course Content: 

The start of civilization on earth, the Neolithic age; Turkish, Indian and Chinese civilizations and their interactions; the developments in the Mediterranean cultural basin; the elements of civilization in the middle ages; the examination of eastern and Eurasian civilizations with a particular focus on the formation in arts, social sciences, technology, science; The renaissance, the enlightenment, the American and the French revolution; modernization phases in the Turkish civilization; the new world order; the study of civilizations in the 21st century.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Q-A, 3: Debate
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Exam, B: Paper

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Course Learning Outcomes

Students who take this course will Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
gain an understanding of the evolution of science and the scientific approach throughout history, and the appreciation of scientific thinking as the most important dimension of the value systems of contemporary human civilization. 1,2,3 A,B
be able to interpret and appreciate the diversity of the cultures and the dynamics of nations throughout history in their geographical and historical context. 1,2,3 A,B
be able to understand the formation and evolution of the concepts of equality, ethics and justice, and the importance of their application in today’s global environment. 1,2,3 A,B
be able to understand the formation, evolution and the passing among nations and subsequent generations of the arts, esthetics and literature throughout history.    
gain an appreciation of the development of the methods of inquiry and the importance of critical thinking in today’s global environment. 1,2,3 A,B
understand the eastern roots of civilizations (as opposed to only western), gain a multi-centered civilization appreciaton, and realize the value of conceptual frames such as the Turkish World and the Eastern World. 1,2,3 A,B

Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 What is "Human"?  
2 Culture and Civilization  
3 Cultural Phases I: Paleolithic-Mesolithic Period  
4 Cultural Phases II: NeolithicPeriod  
5 Early Age Civilizations I:  Mesopotamia  
6 Early Age Civilizations II: Indian, Chinese, Turkish   
7 Mediterranean Cultural Basin I: Signs of Greek, Turkish and Roman  
8 Mid-term exam  
9 Mediterranean Cultural Basin I: Signs of Greek, Turkish and Roman  
10 Middle Ages and feudality  
11 Eastern Cultural World: The First Civilizations of the Muslim Turkish States  
12 Renaissance Reform  
13 Age of Revolutions; English Revolution; American Revolution; The Enlightenment; French Revolution; Modernization in Turkish Civilization  
14 Evaluation and review  

Recommended Sources

Text Books
  1. Şenel, Alaeddin. 2014. Kemirgenlerden Sömürgenlere İnsanlık Tarihi. İstanbul, İmge
  2. Weekly reading (COADSYS)


Midterm 1 40
Final 1 60
Total   100

Course’s Contribution to Program

No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5  

Understands the basic concepts and analysis methods required to be successful in academic studies in the field of philosophy.

2 Gain the critical view, analytical approach, problem solving, versatile view, interpretation and inference skills required for a successful philosophy career.     X      
3 Communicates effectively, is successful especially in a written and oral presentation, can do teamwork and interdisciplinary work, has an entrepreneurial spirit, a sense of responsibility has developed, produces original ideas in the field of philosophy, adheres to ethical principles.       X    
4 With a lifelong learning approach, they reach the competence to continue their professional and personal development by using all kinds of information sources.       X    
5 Gains awareness of professional and social ethics.         X  
6  Gains the ability to choose and develop contemporary tools required for applications in the field of philosophy and to use information technologies effectively. X          
7 Gains the basic information about the history of philosophy.   X        
8 Have enough knowledge of the classical language and at least one modern language to follow the texts of the history of philosophy in their original X          
9 Identifies, recognizes, grasps, and discusses the problems in the field of philosophy within their place in the history of philosophy.         X  
10 Develops competence in reading, understanding, and analyzing texts from different languages ​​in the field of philosophy. X          


Activity Quantity Duration (Hours) Total Workload (Hours)
Duration (Total of exam and class hours) 14 2 28
Out of class study time 14 3 42
Mid-term exam 1 1 3
Final 1 1 1
Reading 1 3 3
Total Work Load     75
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     3
ECTS Credit of the Course     3