Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Philosophy Of Science SBK 429 7 3 + 0 3 5
Precondition Courses
Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language Turkish
Course Level Bachelor's Degree
Course Type Optional
Course Coordinator Prof.Dr. ZEYNEL ABİDİN KILINÇ
Course Lecturers
Course Assistants


Course Category General Education
Course Objective

The general objective of this course is to teach ontological and epistemological assumptions of the basic scientific paradigms, approaches to scientific knowledge and research methods and techniques of the science, and to give a summary about unique characteristics of scientific knowledge.

Course Content

Ontologically necessity of knowledge, The purpose of the knowledge, history of knowledge, sources of human knowledge. The types of knowledge, the accuracy of knowledge, historical development of Western knowledge, Origin and evolution of scientific knowledge, criterion of scientific knowledge, basic scientific paradigms. basic scientific approaches, scientific method and research techniques, basic criticism of scientific knowledge.

# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 One describes definition ,purpose, history, resources of knowledge. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Homework,
2 One analyses the question of the accuracy of knowledge with forms of knowledge in mutual causalty relationship. Discussion, Question-Answer, Lecture, Homework, Testing,
3 One evaluates the birth of scientific knowledge and development of history of Western knowledge together with socio-cultural reasons. Discussion, Question-Answer, Lecture, Homework, Testing,
4 One analyses basic characteristics, methods and techniques of scientific knowledge, by comparing it with other types of knowledge. Discussion, Question-Answer, Lecture, Homework, Testing,
5 One evaluates scientific paradigms with their basic methods and techniques. Discussion, Question-Answer, Lecture, Homework, Testing,
6 One evaluates comparatively basic criticisms of scientific knowledge. Discussion, Question-Answer, Lecture, Homework, Testing,
7 Case Study, Lecture, Homework,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Ontologically necessity of knowledge,
2 Sources of human knowledge
3 The types of knowledge
4 The accuracy of knowledge
5 Ontological basics of Western knowledge
6 Historical development of Western knowledge
7 Criterion of scientific knowledge
8 Basics approaches to social sciences
9 Mid-term exam
10 Positivist approaches.
11 Criticism of positivism
12 Hermeneutic approaches.
13 Criticism of hermeneutic approaches.
14 Holistic approaches.
Course Notes
Course Resources
Order Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Have knowledge on public administration (e.g. administrative sciences, bureaucracy, Turkish public administration, local government and comparative public administration), new management techniques (e.g. strategic management, performance management, human resource management), politics and sociology (e.g. political science, history of political thought, Turkish political life, sociology, social structure of Turkey, contemporary political movements and political parties), public law (e.g. Turkish constitutional law, administrative law) and private law, urbanization, environmental problems and environment legislation. X
2 Using fundamental statistical package programs, making researches on academic and occupational issues, and gripping research processes.
3 Having potential and ability of development himself/herself on the career fields of public administration like governing, inspectorship and controllership. X
4 Predominant on public law as well as private law, follows changes of legislations, comments legislations and adapts it to practice. X
5 Having qualities for varying positions of management (for instance human resources, public relations, finance and inspection) in public organizations, political institutions, private sector and non-profit establishments. X
6 Having different views for issues, facts and cases, having capacity of proposing solutions, and preparing program and decision drafts. X
7 Following theoretical and practical developments in the fields of administration, law, politics, urbanization and environmental issues at national and international levels. X
8 Following technologies of informatics, fundamental computer programs, information systems on administration and management field, and using them effectively. X
9 Compatible for team work, having ability of taking initiative, open for innovative ideas and analytical thought. X
10 Using Turkish properly, expressing himself/herself accurately and has ability of empathy. X
11 Know at least one foreign occupational language.
12 Awareness of professional and scientific ethical codes. X
13 X
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Ara Sınav 70
1. Kısa Sınav 10
1. Ödev 10
2. Kısa Sınav 10
Total 100
1. Yıl İçinin Başarıya 60
1. Final 40
Total 100
ECTS - Workload Activity Quantity Time (Hours) Total Workload (Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 3 48
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 2 32
Mid-terms 1 10 10
Quiz 2 5 10
Assignment 1 10 10
Final examination 1 10 10
Total Workload 120
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 4.8
dersAKTSKredisi 5