Our department, which was established in 1997 to teach and conduct research in human and social sciences, offers more than forty courses to approximately 2500 ITU students each semester to meet twenty percent of the 153 total credits that students receive during their education at Istanbul Technical University.

Students taking these courses are encouraged to conduct research and participate in various seminars on topics that intersect with everyday life, such as politics, ethics, aesthetics, cultural studies and history. Our research topics, which aim to contribute to the social sciences at the international level, are closely related to issues such as state, power, power, citizenship, religion and politics, comparative ethics, democracy, material culture, science and technology, global change, identity and otherness, environmental crisis, local networks and power.

The human and social sciences curriculum is open to traditional analysis, techniques and approaches in the fields of history, moral philosophy, philosophy of art, political philosophy and theory, philosophy of science and technology, as well as new methods and alternative approaches that are emerging in this field within a developmental process.

ITU Department of Humanities and Social Sciences aims to develop and enrich the thinking abilities of students interested in human and social sciences within the framework of a questioning and critical approach on various conceptual issues such as social power relations, power, oppression, freedom, distributive justice, identity, individual benefit, public good, the effects of science and technology on human and society.

ITU Department of Humanities and Social Sciences attaches great importance to questioning these problematics and contributing to the optional production of relevant policies that will be evaluated in the light of social, political, ethical and cultural thought in our world where inequality and injustice are constantly reproduced in areas of power such as capital, competition, knowledge, gender, class and power relations.