Humanity and Society II (SPS 102)

2021 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Social & Political Sci.(SPS)
5.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Emre Erol,
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This course provides an introduction to the study of the human experience in the modern world. It brings together the history of major milestones in the modern era, from the mid-18th century to the 21st century, and prominent theoretical frameworks that are employed to analyze this transformative period in the history of our species. SPS 102 is designed to be a follow-up of SPS 101 and thus compliments the content and the academic skills that were previously introduced. There are three central aims of this course. The first aim is to present our students the challenges and potential in the scientific study of human experience through the introduction of various analytical tools from disciplines such as history, sociology, anthropology and economics. The second aim is to provide the intellectual foundations that would help our students to understand the dynamics of the contemporary world around them by historicizing its relatively recent formation in the history of humanity. Finally, this course also aims to emphasize the structured use of language, in this case English, for the purposes of knowledge production and critical analysis. It accepts the role of language in humanities and social sciences as important as calculus is for physics. To that end, it pays special attention to critical reading and writing as evident from the course structure.


Introduce the students to fundamental aspects and concepts of modernity.


1.Describe of the specificity of the Enlightenment as a historical event and its impact.
2. Identify the specificity of modern forms of state building
3. Relate to the ways in which modern ideologies of nationalism and fascism have affected human societies
4. Identify key concepts related to the working of capitalism and of the economic sphere and the ways in which class and gender inequalities come to impact our daily lives


  Percentage (%)
Final 35
Midterm 35
Team Member Evaluation 30



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