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COURSE UNIT TITLECOURSE UNIT CODESEMESTERTHEORY + PRACTICE (Hour)ECTS
PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE AND CRITICAL THINKING PSY106 Second Term (Spring) 3 + 0 6

TYPE OF COURSE UNITCompulsory Course
LEVEL OF COURSE UNITBachelor's Degree
YEAR OF STUDY1
SEMESTERSecond Term (Spring)
NUMBER OF ECTS CREDITS ALLOCATED6
NAME OF LECTURER(S)-
LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE COURSE UNIT 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 DELIVERYFace to face
PRE-REQUISITES OF THE COURSENo
RECOMMENDED OPTIONAL PROGRAMME COMPONENTNone
COURSE DEFINITIONThis 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.
COURSE CONTENTS
WEEKTOPICS
1st Week Introduction to Critical Thinking
2nd Week Reasoning and Scientific Thinking
3rd Week Recognition and Evaluation of Arguments
4th Week The Structure of Pseudo-Scientific Arguments
5th Week Self and Awareness
6th Week What is Reality/Truth?
7th Week Methods of Knowing and Thinking
8th Week Scientific Reasoning
9th Week Explanation in Science
10th Week Realism and Anti-realism
11th Week Scientific Change and Scientific Revolutions
12th Week Philosophical Problems in Physics, Biology, and Psychology
13th Week Criticism of Science
14th Week General Evaluation
RECOMENDED OR REQUIRED READINGRuggiero, 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 METHODSLecture,Practice,Project,Questions/Answers,Other
ASSESSMENT METHODS AND CRITERIA
 QuantityPercentage(%)
Mid-term140
Practice110
Project120
Total(%)70
Contribution of In-term Studies to Overall Grade(%)70
Contribution of Final Examination to Overall Grade(%)30
Total(%)100
ECTS WORKLOAD
Activities Number Hours Workload
Midterm exam111
Preparation for Quiz2612
Individual or group work14342
Preparation for Final exam12020
Course hours14342
Preparation for Midterm exam12020
Laboratory (including preparation)
Final exam
Homework
Project13030
Performance Practice11010
Total Workload177
Total Workload / 305,9
ECTS Credits of the Course6
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTIONEnglish
WORK PLACEMENT(S)No
  

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