GENS 205 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Natural Science
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
GENS 205
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
4

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Service Course
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This course introduces the history of Western mankind's changing understanding of the natural world from Greek antiquity through the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • The students who succeed in this course will become familiar with the developments (and their significances in their respective historical contexts) of scientific thought from the beginning of history to the 17th century.
Course Content See Schedule

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction Discussion Topic: Does the word science accurately describe Babylonian, Egyptian and Greek thought about nature? Why is "scientist" in quotation marks in the syllabus? Should it be? Reading: Lindberg ch. 1
2 The Pre-Socratics Discussion Topic: What was the "problem of change?" Was it more severe than "the problem of knowledge?" Reading: Lindberg ch. 2, Parmenides on Blackboard
3 Plato Discussion Topic: From Plato's point of view, what was his single most important concept? Why would Plato think it was the most important? Explain Plato's successful theory of nature. Reading: Lindberg ch. 2,3, Plato on Blackboard
4 Aristotle Discussion Topic: From Aristotle's point of view, what was his single most important concept? Why would Aristotle think it was the most important? Explain Aristotle's successful theory of nature. Reading: Lindberg ch. 3,4 Aristotle on Blackboard
5 Ptolemy, Galen, Greek natural philosophers in review Discussion Topic: What exactly were Plato's and Aristotle's respective influences on Greek astronomy just before Ptolemy? Was astronomy then more Platonic or more Aristotelian, or neither? Reading: Lindberg ch. 4,5, 6 Aristarchus, and Ptolemy on Blackboard
6 1st Midterm
7 Early Medieval Science in Europe and Islamic world Discussion Topic: In medieval science, which word best describes the relationship between science and religion: harmony, separation, conflict? Why? Reading: Lindberg ch. 7-11
8 Vesalius, Harvey Discussion Topic: What were Vesalius and Harvey's major contributions to 16th century medical sciences? Reading: Lindberg ch. 13, Dear Ch.2 & 7, Harvey on Blackboard
9 Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Kepler, Galileo Discussion Topic: What were Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Kepler, and Galileo's major contributions to 16th century astronomical sciences? Reading: Dear Ch.2 & 7
10 Descartes Discussion Topic: From Descartes' point of view, what was his single most important concept? Why would Descartes think it was the most important? Explain Descartes' successful theory of nature. Reading: Dear Ch.2 & 4, Descartes on Blackboard
11 2nd Midterm
12 Newton Reading: Dear Ch.6,7,8
13 Newton Reading: Dear Ch.6,7,8
14 General Review
15 Review of the Semester
16 Review of the Semester

 

Course Textbooks
References

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
10
15
Homework / Assignments
2
20
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
2
30
Final / Oral Exam
1
35
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
14
65
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
1
35
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
Field Work
11
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
10
Homework / Assignments
2
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
2
20
Final / Oral Exam
1
30
    Total
118

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to critically discuss and interpret the theories, concepts and ideas that form the basis of media and communication discipline.
2 To have the fundamental knowledge and ability to use the technical equipment and software programs required by the mediaproduction process.
3 To be able to use the acquired theoretical knowledge in practice.
4 To be able to critically interpret theoretical debates concerning the relations between the forms, agents, and factors that play a role in the field of media and communication.
5 To be able to critically discuss and draw on theories, concepts and ideas that form the basis of other disciplines complementing the field of media and communication studies.
6 To be informed about national, regional, and global issues and problems; to be able to generate problemsolving methods depending on the quality of evidence and research, and to acquire the ability to report those methods to the public.
7 To be able to gather, scrutinize and use with scientific methods the necessary data to for the processes of production and distribution.
8 To be able to use and develop the acquired knowledge and skills in a lifelong process towards personal and social goals.
9 To be able to follow developments in new technologies of media and communication, as well as new methods of production, new media industries, and new theories; and to be able to communicate with international colleagues in a foreign language. (“European Language Portfolio Global Scale,” Level B1)
10 To be able to use a second foreign language at the intermediate level.
11 To be able to use computer software required by the discipline and to possess advancedlevel computing and IT skills. (“European Computer Driving Licence”, Advanced Level)

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest