About Core Curriculum

İstanbul Şehir University Core Curriculum Program is the original form of the special curriculum, which is called “core” or “common” courses and has become a prevalent part of the undergraduate education in the world, in line with the goals of İstanbul Şehir University. 

The program, which aims at helping students gain ever-needed fundamental skills before they start the education in their preferred department and strengthening their intellectual background, was designed considering the original needs and conditions of the world and Turkey today.

Based on this general definition, the objectives of the Core Curriculum Program can be summarized as follows:
  1. ​​To reinforce the 'basic education' background that cannot be acquired throughout secondary education, and to introduce students to the basic concepts and models of society, culture, politics, economics and natural sciences;
  2. To gain a strong observation and reasoning ability that will enable access to “correct” and “needed” information within the information stack which has emerged with the rapid development of information technologies in recent years and whose borders are constantly expanding;
  3. In this process of change, which has a dizzying speed and an irresistible power, to create the infrastructure of human history, which makes it possible to look at the developments from a cold, comparative perspective and within a historical depth, to evaluate the events in dynamical process, and provides a strong time perception;
  4. To open ways of powerful appreciation of space that provides understanding the world cities especially considering the city in which we live, and penetrating into the social, economic, political and intellectual worlds through the cities;
  5. To give an infrastructure for recent history of Turkey, which makes possible to interpret our country in coordinates of time (its place in human history) and space (its location in the world);
  6. In this historical turn, where the methods, approaches and concepts of information disciplines, which were shaped in the nineteenth century, have become increasingly insufficient in the point of understanding and explaining reality, to provide information/science method and approach that will bring sensitivity to the historical aspect of the information templates, ensure the strangeness of the familiar, and make it possible to develop a distance against what is considered natural and is available for development;
  7. To make an awareness about the “good” and the “beautiful” as well as the “true”;
  8. To give a chance to a transdisciplinary view that makes possible to face reality in its own simplicity/integrity in these times when the disciplinary dissociation and specialization process, which is partly both a natural phase of knowledge’s paradigmatization process and a result of the search for deepening and precision/punctuality in knowledge, has reached a level that the understanding and explanation of reality have become increasingly difficult and even impossible;
  9. To develop language and expression skills in Turkish and English. ​