The world we live in is astonishingly fast-paced in terms of transformation. Each and every field that has a connection to human life is changing rapidly alongside the social developments, with which they are closely interconnected. Acknowledgement of these facts is what lies behind the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences of Yasar University.
The Faculty of Human and Social Sciences adopts an educational approach that prioritizes individual-social interaction. Upholding the interdisciplinary methods of social sciences and humanities, we aim to train our students to understand and adapt to the ever-changing dynamics of the world that we live in.
Psychology is in between the social and natural sciences as it studies both CAT scans, single cell physiology with experimental approaches and also the individual’s place as a unique subject in the society s/he lives in from behavioral, biological, cognitive and developmental perspectives. Thus, psychology is a major field working within the fields of economy, politics, group conflicts and organizational structures to name a few, making its educational and research activities inevitably interdisciplinary . It is also closely related to political science, linguistics, philosophy and literature.
As a major branch of political science, International Relations has been growing rapidly especially since the 20th century. It analyzes economic, political and social developments as well as the historical progress of global interactions from an analytic and interdisciplinary perspective. Also embracing different disciplines such as sociology, philosophy, anthropology, history and psychology for further interaction, International Relations uses a variety of approaches to fully apprehend their connections. Today, International Relations focuses not only on the interactions between states, but also between societies, NGOs , individuals, and supranational actors. Students of International Relations are expected to analyze the multi-layered connections of global affairs, see through domestic and foreign policies, and build an understanding within the framework of theoretical and conceptual determinants.
The Department of English Language and Literature works closely with other fields in the humanities while having a long tradition of its own approaches to its main subject. Historically, the study of literature goes hand in hand with psychology, sociology, philosophy, history and political science. Cultural studies has become an increasingly important field of study within the realm of English as well. Taking all of its heritage and new advances into consideration, students of English are expected to analyze texts within their cultural and social context. The curriculum of the Department of English Language and Literature goes beyond national borders, making the comparative study of different literatures an essential part of its methodology.
Translation Studies places itself between the social sciences and humanities as it enriches its research subjects and datasets with the methodologies of other disciplines such as sociology, philosophy, psychology, cultural history as well as neuroscience, statistics and computer science, to name a few. Translational action is also a very important part of intercultural communication, taking the study of processes and products go beyond textual and linguistic analysis. Dealing with a great scope of fields and texts, the Department of Translation and Interpreting is a strong, ever-growing and essential part of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences.