History, Geography, Philosophy, and Religion classes are offered in this department. Rather than transferring information to our students, our main approach is to create environments in which students learn to have access to knowledge in an active manner and to pay attention to the process rather than the result.
The uniqueness of each student is highlighted and we help students explore their talents and potential and orient towards their interests.
The objective of History classes is to raise individuals who know about the past, interpret the present, and anticipate the future, thus evaluate the process. The goal is to help students learn about the level-specific terminology, integrate national values and universal principles, and claim ownership of the cultural heritage of the land they live in. In line with this objective we help our students do text analysis, read texts, criticize essays, write stories of historical events and periods, and make use of technology for visual purposes. Students learn about topics not just in classroom or virtual environment but also in cultural centers, museums, and historical sites.
In social studies the direction is from local to global scale or from individuals to communities. Geography contributes to learn about the country first and then the world we live in.
Our primary mission is to raise individuals who can build connections between human beings and places in a rapidly changing and developing world, comprehend the formation and development of the natural environment they live in, and are aware of their importance in terms of protecting the present and creating the future.
Geography is based on the relationship between human beings and natural environment. Raising awareness regarding the causes and effects of this relationship is one of our goals. Therefore, we pay attention to giving examples from daily life regarding geography topics, highlighting visual materials, and focusing on causality.
The goals of the subjects within the Philosophy group is to help students comprehend the scientific results and ideas in the philosophical, sociological, and psychological dimensions and develop their perspectives regarding life. Moreover, we aim to help them get to know themselves better and to raise their awareness regarding behavior in the Psychology class.
Philosophy should be considered as a branch of knowledge that provides the background and equipment that would teach how to think, discuss, criticize, say yes or no to events or phenomena in a rational way, make free choices, and make decisions. In this context the purpose of modern philosophy education should be “to teach how to think” to a person, which is the authentic function of a human being. With this aim in mind, the subjects within the Philosophy group contributes to raising individuals who know how to think; make reasonable critiques; try to find out causes, effects of, and solutions to problems; and have an attitude towards problems.
Philosophy that is not authentic or related to daily problems is irrelevant and meaningless. The subjects in the Philosophy group aim to raise active individuals who can approach different ideas with tolerance, manifest themselves as individuals, an act upon what they know is right with the background they acquire in these subjects.
The purpose of the Religion class is to help students receive the basic religious background in line with the main objectives of the national education and Atatürk’s principle of secularism and to contribute to their development as individuals with good morals and virtues.
We try to help our students comprehend the facts that the element of love in religion is indispensable; Islam does not conflict with reason and science; religion and science are not alternatives to each other; religion requires using reason and encourages scientific knowledge; and approach other people’s beliefs and lifestyles with tolerance.