At the end of this course, the students; 1) Will develop their critical thinking dispositions in a positive way. 2) Will explain how to identify the differences between science and pseudoscience and can test the propositions they come across in the light of this knowledge. 3) Will develop a positive attitude towards science and scientific method. 4) Will define the changes that scientific knowledge and methodology have undergone throughout history and the dogmatic approaches that oppose these changes. 5) Similar to philosophers, they will convey their own feelings, thoughts and arguments by applying the necessary rhetorical knowledge. 6) Will predict the contribution of philosophical developments to the science of psychology.
MODE OF DELIVERY
Face to face
PRE-REQUISITES OF THE COURSE
RECOMMENDED OPTIONAL PROGRAMME COMPONENT
This course is designed to convey the methods needed to develop more effective reasoning and improved cognitive skills. The main purpose of the course is to test the accuracy of the presented claims and arguments and to convey the methods related to making reasonable decisions considering what we know or what we think we know. In addition, this course, which covers concepts such as scientific method, reality and appearance, existential philosophy, human nature, critical thinking, pseudoscience, awareness, is designed to provide students with information on the development stages of scientific methods in general.
Introduction to Critical Thinking
Reasoning and Scientific Thinking
Recognition and Evaluation of Arguments
The Structure of Pseudo-Scientific Arguments
Self and Awareness
What is Reality/Truth?
Methods of Knowing and Thinking
Explanation in Science
Realism and Anti-realism
Scientific Change and Scientific Revolutions
Philosophical Problems in Physics, Biology, and Psychology
Criticism of Science
RECOMENDED OR REQUIRED READING
Ruggiero, R.V. (2012). Beyond the feelings: A guide to critical thinking (9. baskı). New York: Mc Graw Hill.
Okasha, S. (2016). Philosophy of Science: Very Short Introduction (2. baskı). UK: Oxford University Press.
PLANNED LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
ASSESSMENT METHODS AND CRITERIA
Contribution of In-term Studies to Overall Grade(%)
Contribution of Final Examination to Overall Grade(%)
Preparation for Quiz
Individual or group work
Preparation for Final exam
Preparation for Midterm exam
Laboratory (including preparation)
Total Workload / 30
ECTS Credits of the Course
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES (KLO) / MATRIX OF LEARNING OUTCOMES (LO)