GENS 207 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Scientific Thinking and Society
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
GENS 207
Fall/Spring
3
0
4
6

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Service Course
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The aim of this course is to contribute to the ideal of science society, by training students on how to differ pseudoscientific claims from the scientific ones. In this course, two main topics, biological evolution theory and genetically modified (GM) foods, which are under a long debate in Turkey will be explained in detail. Students who take this course will gain the ability to perform a fact-check and evaluate scientific basis of the claims they encounter in everyday life. This course is for students that are interested in popular science.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Discuss biological evolution
  • Gain basic scientific understanding in order to generate their own individual opinion
  • Learn how scientific information is generated and detect pseudoscientific claims quickly
  • Increase their scientific understanding and critical thinking skills
Course Content Scientific method, practical guide to detect pseudoscience, GM food and biological evolutionary theory debate in Turkey and in the world

 



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 to science and pseudoscience Pre-reading
2 Examples of science and pseudoscience in Turkey and in the world Pre-reading
3 Methods to detect pseudoscience Pre-reading
4 Evolution of living things Pre-reading
5 Mechanisms of evolution Pre-reading
6 Perception of evolution theory in Turkey and in the World Pre-reading
7 Midterm Pre-reading
8 Modern agriculture and genetic engineering Pre-reading
9 Genetically modified (GM) food Pre-reading
10 Production and regulation of GM food Pre-reading
11 Future of GM food Pre-reading
12 Perception of GM food in Turkey and in the world Pre-reading
13 Group activity and discussion: GM food Pre-reading
14 Group activity and discussion: Evolution Pre-reading
15 Semester review Pre-reading
16 Final examination

 

Course Textbooks

Recent popular and scientific literature 

References

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

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

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
5
70
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
1
30
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
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
1
12
Homework / Assignments
1
8
Presentation / Jury
1
12
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
20
Final / Oral Exam
1
40
    Total
140

 

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