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USEC0001History of Science2+0+0ECTS:4
Year / SemesterFall Semester
Level of CourseFirst Cycle
Status Elective
Prerequisites and co-requisitesNone
Mode of DeliveryFace to face
Contact Hours14 weeks - 2 hours of lectures per week
LecturerDr. Öğr. Üyesi İhsan ERDİNÇLİ
Language of instructionTurkish
Professional practise ( internship ) None
The aim of the course:
The aim of the course is to show examples of civilizations that contribute to science in the historical process and to determine the factors that cause regression, displacement and change of science.
Learning OutcomesCTPOTOA
Upon successful completion of the course, the students will be able to :
LO - 1 : Understand the historical development and mobility of science.81
LO - 2 : Use the theoretical knowledge in their own researchs.81
LO - 3 : Present before an audience the results and outcome of this lesson.81
CTPO : Contribution to programme outcomes, TOA :Type of assessment (1: written exam, 2: Oral exam, 3: Homework assignment, 4: Laboratory exercise/exam, 5: Seminar / presentation, 6: Term paper), LO : Learning Outcome

Contents of the Course
In this course, will be examined the emergence, development and interactions between civilization of science in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, medieval European and Islamic world, modern period. In this stage, will be included the examples from the major thinkers who contribute to science from each civilization. Thus, it will be possible to understand and interpret the stages of science in the historical process, the reasons for regression, displacement and change.
Course Syllabus
 WeekSubjectRelated Notes / Files
 Week 1Basic Concepts: What is Science and History of Science?
 Week 2Science in Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, India and China
 Week 3Science in Ancient Greek World
 Week 4Science in Hellenistic Period and Rome
 Week 5Transition to the Middle Ages and Church Domination
 Week 6Science in the Medieval Christian World
 Week 7Science in Islamic World I
 Week 8Science in Islamic World II
 Week 9Mid-term exam
 Week 10Science in Turks
 Week 11The Revival of Science in Europe
 Week 12Transition to Modern Science: Renaissance, Reform and Enlightenment
 Week 13Leading Scientists of the Modern Era I
 Week 14Leading Scientists of the Modern Era II
 Week 15Leading Scientists of the Modern Era III
 Week 16End-of-term exam
Textbook / Material
1Hüseyin Gazi Topdemir-Yavuz Unat, Bilim Tarihi.
2Colin A. Ronan, Bilim Tarihi. Dünya Literatüründe Bilimin Gelişmesi.
Recommended Reading
Method of Assessment
Type of assessmentWeek NoDate

Duration (hours)Weight (%)
Mid-term exam 9 29/11/2023 1 50
End-of-term exam 16 10/01/2024 2 50
Student Work Load and its Distribution
Type of workDuration (hours pw)

No of weeks / Number of activity

Hours in total per term
Yüz yüze eğitim 2 14 28
Sınıf dışı çalışma 4 14 56
Arasınav için hazırlık 2 8 16
Arasınav 1 1 1
Uygulama 0 1 0
Dönem sonu sınavı için hazırlık 3 6 18
Dönem sonu sınavı 1 1 1
Diğer 1 0 0 0
Diğer 2 0 0 0
Total work load120