ABOUT CORE PROGRAM
Why Core Program?
Increased vocational specialization forces universities to emphasize professional identities and skills at the expense of
exploration.Bearing this dilemma in mind core curriculum fulfills students’ desire to pursue their interests independent of the requirements of their majors. Courses taken in the core program give students the opportunity to expand their knowledge into disciplines beyond their major, to explore ideas and learn skills that will help them become
open-minded thinkerswithout which they cannot become the problem solvers in their civic and professional lives.
Core program strives to show students that, no matter how different they are, disciplines such as literature and physics, or philosophy and cognitive science intersect in their concern for common issues that had to do with individuals, societies, and the world.
The core curriculum shows students that their individual actions have consequences in local, national, and global levels, and invites them to evaluate the ethical implications of these actions. It prepares students for
civic engagementand enables them to
respond critically and constructively to change-- social, cultural, scientific, technological and otherwise. It aims to make students ask the very personal question of the duties and obligations, as well as the privileges, rights, and responsibilities, of
civic and ethical agencyin a
dynamically changing world.
Core program envisions a Koç University graduate who:
Understands historical, cultural, and philosophical complexity of the world we live in
Understands the ethical dimensions of what they do and what they say
Understands global interdependence, including economic, political, psychological, socio-cultural, historical, and scientific forces
Is able to conduct research-based inquiry, including articulation of complex disciplinary and interdisciplinary problems, effective evaluation and analysis of primary and secondary sources, and integration of relevant information.
Recognizes and democratically participates in processes which improve the civic life of communities
Effectively communicates complex knowledge and ideas through written, oral, visual, and technological media
Core Program Curriculum
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