Koç University


Available Courses

History of social entrepreneurship. New developments and approaches in the social entrepreneurship field. Theories of Social Entrepreneurship. Examples of various social enterprises around the world. Challenges and opportunities facing social entrepreneurs. Social entrepreneurship in Turkey.

Entrepreneurship is creating something new and innovative with potential financial success in return. This course provides applied entrepreneurship know-how on the foundation, priorities, financing, finding the right employees, getting the word out, business development as well as entrepreneurial attributes such as commitment, determination, perseverance, goal-oriented problem solving, team building. Teams of students will work on transforming an idea into a company which is ready for financing. Part of business success depends on understanding how relationships lead to other things. Hence, the course will also feature guest speakers from entrepreneurs and investors so that they share their successful as well as unsuccessful experiences which are often more valuable.

This ASIU course will help students to interpret the processes of ‘design’ according to their own discipline. The students will follow one of the world’s biggest innovation company IDEO’s Design Thinking methodology. They will explore theoretical knowledge on the history of design and emergence of design thinking in the new era. They will actively develop and practice skills on how to innovate new ideas through understanding the human-centered approach. Consequently, they will gain an awareness on how a design process can lead to creativity and innovation.

In this course we will analyze the causes, dynamics, and consequences of social change with a focus on developing societies. Particularly, we will discuss development and modernization, different theoretical perspectives on development, and the social, economic, and environmental consequences of development and social change. We will especially pay attention to inequalities between nations, between regions and between men and women.

An introduction to the fundamental concepts and issues in the study of science and technology. Focuses on the reciprocal ways in which science and technology shape society and the ways in which society shapes science and technology. Employs a multidisciplinary point of view in the social sciences and humanities and asks philosophical (how to define science and technology?), sociological (how does science and technology interact with social categories, such as gender and race), historical (how does the historical development of science and technology inform them today? How do past debates matter?), and political (how does power matter in the practice of science and technology? How should science and technology be controlled democratically?) questions.

Analyses of global processes and dynamics with respect to international trade, global finance, climate change, and global public health; Dynamics and challenges of global governance in an interdependent World; investigation of key normative dilemmas such as poverty, inequality and crimes against humanity; the possibility of a global social contract in an increasingly interdependent world and the linkages between “global civics” and the ability to forge a global social contract; an investigation of whether global civics may have a positive influence on our ability to govern an interdependent World.

Focuses on the representation of different types of migration at different geographical scales in literature, film and documentary. Examines the ways in which national, cultural, racial, linguistic, and gender identities are re-iterated, challenged or re-configured as a result of spatial flows. Familiarizes students with the contemporary critical debates in the field and the terminology that will be useful in analyzing different patterns of migration.

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the behavior of individuals and groups in organizations. Students will identify and develop the skills needed to make an effective contribution to organization, to manage others, and to maintain a high quality of work life. Topics covered include: motivation, communication, conflict negotiation, group dynamics, leadership, organizational & job design, and change management.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of issues related to persuasive effects of communications. First, the course will focus on major models related to decision making, attitudes and consumer behavior. Then, using applied examples and relevant theory, the course will investigate the role that content characteristics such as argument quality, sidedness, evidence, narratives, and may play in construction of persuasive communications. We will also explore source characteristics as factors that may have an impact on persuasion. Throughout the course we will see applied examples from marketing, health and political communication and discuss implications for communication campaigns.

Machine learning uses interdisciplinary techniques such as statistics, linear algebra, optimization, and computer science to create automated systems that can process large volumes of data to make predictions or decisions without explicit human intervention. This course (a) introduces students to a broad range of machine learning algorithms to prepare them for research/industry applications, (b) shows them how to combine multiple algorithms to obtain better results, and (c) shows them how to assess the performance of the algorithms.

The course aims to explore the ways in which we imagine, interpret and encounter the Other through the figures of the stranger, god and monster. The underlying idea is that these figures are, deep down, representatives of fracture within the human psyche. They remind us of how we are split between conscious and unconscious, familiar and unfamiliar, same and other. The main purpose of the course is to offer an opportunity to discuss comprehensively and thoroughly the following idea: through our relation to the others, we relate to ourselves. In doing so, philosophical texts and films will be used. Students will have the opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills by practicing a close reading of the texts and carrying out fruitful discussions in an atmosphere where the free and vital exchange of ideas is encouraged. They will enhance their understanding of the discussions about the Other and the Self.

This course aims at widening the perspective of students about the world we live in through historical intersections of music and politics in modern era. We start with national anthems and go through several countries’ political history and events as reflected in music. From Americas through Asia, we’ll learn about historical and political background to songs and lyrics of music. Britain, United States, Soviet Union, Chile, North and South Korea, South Africa, Ireland, Greece, Kenya and Italy are the main cases at hand. We will focus on a period from the political history of that country and become informed of political developments and connect this with music (the period of Fascist Italy and resistance to Fascism.)

Through this course, students will be able to attain and improve many of the competencies required by the Core Program, such as demonstrate written and oral communication skills. Lessons are based on reading and understanding a variety of written sources. Students are expected to define key themes and analyze them during written assessments and discussions within the class and to emonstrate the ability to think critically and integrating knowledge. The course will acquaint students with major ideas and transformations of the 19th and 20th centuries.

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the behavior of individuals and groups in organizations. Students will identify and develop the skills needed to make an effective contribution to organization, to manage others, and to maintain a high quality of work life. Topics covered include: motivation, communication, conflict negotiation, group dynamics, leadership, organizational&job design, and change management

Recent research and evidence; the changing nature of democratic and authoritarian regimes in the 21st century, examples from across the World; cross-temporal comparisons with previous historical periods; the causes and consequences of the extant problems of democracy and the rising tide of authoritarianism and hybrid regimes; declining quality of democracy in advanced democracies; personalization of politics, the weakening of political parties and neo-authoritarian, neo-conservative and neo-populist movements; new media, civil society and political communication; competitive authoritarianism; globalization and challenges to the democracy-capitalism marriage; clientelism and corruption.

This course will introduce students to international human rights law sources and mechanisms to analyse how rights have been legalised, developed and enforced. It will provide a sound background regarding the evolution of human rights law, main instruments, obligations they generate, key issues and challenges in contemporary human rights law. Required readings will familiarise students with important case law. With regard to human rights protection mechanisms, the course will have a particular focus on UN bodies and European Court of Human Rights. It will provide students with the necessary analytical tools to critically assess the politics and agendas behind the invocation of international human rights. The course will also touch upon some very recent debates, such as the climate crisis and artificial intelligence to explain their relevance for human rights law. Film screenings will be arranged for certain weeks.

The objective of this course is to provide an understanding of how human activities influence both local and global environment by putting emphasis on fundamental understanding of chemical interactions. The course is accordingly designed to place introductory chemistry concepts within the context of larger issues that we encounter daily and that could be impacting our very life. Present and future alternative energy resources (solar, wind, biomass, hydrogen) and storage devices (batteries) will be comparatively studied and their environmental consequences including greenhouse effect and global warming, destruction of ozone layer and water pollution will be put in context. Hopefully this will help them to become better intellectuals and citizens and more concerned about environment and related issues, regarding sustainable development. The most important and somewhat ambitious goal of the course will be to make students understand the intricate but very close relationship between scientific thinking, basic research, and generation of new knowledge, technological development, quality of life and sustainable economic and social development

This course will examine the relationships between media, culture, and power in modern societies. How does media shape society and how does society, in turn, shape media? We will discuss the definitions of media and culture and look at some theories in media studies and communication. We will then apply those ideas to contemporary issues, including surveillance, gender, race, social media, algorithms, the prevalence of conspiracy theories, and fake news. Through this class, students will engage with theories and examples of media with the goal of developing strong media literacy skills. By the end of the semester, students will be able to apply academic theory to different case studies. Assignments and in-class activities, including written responses and short presentations, will help students understand, develop, and prepare the final paper.

Kompleks Kementerian Pendidikan, Kebudayaan, Riset, dan Teknologi. Gedung D Lantai 18, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Pintu Satu, Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia 10270

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