Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences was established in 1997 within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to give lectures and research on human and social sciences to ITU students. Since its establishment, it has given more than 50 lectures to ITU students each term and organized weekly seminars, workshops and conferences with its faculty members. Currently, courses are offered for approximately 3000 students each semester. Approximately 20% of the credits that ITU students have to take during their education is covered by the ITB Department.

Students taking these courses are encouraged to do research and attend various seminars on topics that intersect with daily life, such as politics, ethics, aesthetics, cultural studies and history. Aiming to contribute to social sciences at an international level, our research topics are closely related with subjects such as; state, power, supremacy, citizenship, religion and politics, comparative ethics, democracy, material culture, science and technology, global change, identity and otherness, environmental crisis, local networks and government/supremacy relationships.

The humanities and social sciences curriculum is a developmental process, in addition to traditional analysis, techniques and approaches in fields such as history, moral philosophy, philosophy of art, political philosophy and theory, history and philosophy of science and technology, as well as open on new methods and alternative approaches emergent in those fields.

ITU Department of Humanities and Social Sciences offers students who are interested in human and social sciences; which aims to develop and enrich thinking skills within the framework of a questioning and critical approach on various conceptual issues such as social power relations, power, oppression-freedom, distributive justice, identity, individual benefit, public interest, the effects of science and technology on people and society.

ITU Department of Humanities and Social Sciences focuses on inequality and injustice; which is constantly reintroduced in power grounds such as capital, competition, knowledge, gender, class and power relations in our domains,, it attaches great importance to questioning these problematics and contributing to the alternative production of relevant policies that will be evaluated in the light of social, political, ethical and cultural thought.

Department's web site: Humanities and Social Sciences