PSY 313 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Evolutionary Psychology
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSY 313
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
6

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s) -
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The main goal of this course is to have the students acquire a deeper understanding for what causes us to think, react to others, behave in the ways we do, how our experiences shape us, how and why our behaviors differ from those of other animals. To examine how evolutionary theory can be used to understand human psychology. To provide students with a detailed insight into theoretical perspectives and research findings/methods in Evolutionary Psychology.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Give examples where the evolutionary approach may help us understand human behaviour.
  • Discuss the importance of the comparative methodology.
  • Have a comprehensive understanding and critical awareness of how an adaptationist perspective can be used to understand human psychology.
  • Realize systematic and advanced knowledge of important theoretical work and research findings in Evolutionary Psychology and Human Behavioural Ecology.
Course Content Traditional psychology is a rich and vital field, but it has no overarching theory of what we call “mind design”. Also most of traditional psychology’s reliable findings are more sensible and more informative when they are interpreted in an evolutionary framework. Evolutionary psychology is a different way of thinking about the entire field of psychology.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 The Scientific Movements Leading to Evolutionary Psychology Buss, D. M. ( 2012). Evolutionary Psychology: New Science of the Mind, International Edition. New York: Pearson.
2 The New Science of Evolutionary psychology Buss, D. M. ( 2012). Evolutionary Psychology: New Science of the Mind, International Edition. New York: Pearson.
3 Combating the Hostile Forces of Nature: Human Survival Buss, D. M. ( 2012). Evolutionary Psychology: New Science of the Mind, International Edition. New York: Pearson.
4 Women's Long-Term Mating Strategies Buss, D. M. ( 2012). Evolutionary Psychology: New Science of the Mind, International Edition. New York: Pearson.
5 Men's Long-Term Mating Strategies Buss, D. M. ( 2012). Evolutionary Psychology: New Science of the Mind, International Edition. New York: Pearson.
6 Midterm I Buss, D. M. ( 2012). Evolutionary Psychology: New Science of the Mind, International Edition. New York: Pearson.
7 Short-Term Sexual Strategies Buss, D. M. ( 2012). Evolutionary Psychology: New Science of the Mind, International Edition. New York: Pearson.
8 Problems of Parenting Buss, D. M. ( 2012). Evolutionary Psychology: New Science of the Mind, International Edition. New York: Pearson.
9 Problems of Kinship Buss, D. M. ( 2012). Evolutionary Psychology: New Science of the Mind, International Edition. New York: Pearson.
10 Cooperative Alliances Buss, D. M. ( 2012). Evolutionary Psychology: New Science of the Mind, International Edition. New York: Pearson.
11 Aggression and Warfare Buss, D. M. ( 2012). Evolutionary Psychology: New Science of the Mind, International Edition. New York: Pearson.
12 Midterm II Buss, D. M. ( 2012). Evolutionary Psychology: New Science of the Mind, International Edition. New York: Pearson.
13 Conflict Between Sexes Buss, D. M. ( 2012). Evolutionary Psychology: New Science of the Mind, International Edition. New York: Pearson.
14 Status, Prestige, and Social Dominance Buss, D. M. ( 2012). Evolutionary Psychology: New Science of the Mind, International Edition. New York: Pearson.
15 Toward a Unified Evolutionary Psychology Buss, D. M. ( 2012). Evolutionary Psychology: New Science of the Mind, International Edition. New York: Pearson.
16 Final Buss, D. M. ( 2012). Evolutionary Psychology: New Science of the Mind, International Edition. New York: Pearson.

 

Course Textbooks Book chapters outlined above, recent articles holding current scientific enquiries in evolutionary psychology, and .ppt presentations.
References Pinker, Steven (2002). The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature. New York: VikingJournal of Human Evolution and Behavior Journal of Human Nature.

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
2
50
Final / Oral Exam
1
50
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
50
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
50
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
2
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
2
20
Final / Oral Exam
1
30
    Total
150

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to assess psychological concepts and perspectives, interpret and evaluate data using scientific methods X
2 To be able to develop a curiosity and interest towards the mind and its phenomena, to possess a sense of critical and scientific reflexion and ability to analyze new information. X
3 Ability to make use of theoretical and applied knowledge in local and global levels. X
4 To have a basic knowledge of other disciplines that can contribute to psychology and to be able to make use of this knowledge X
5 To possess and value societal, scientific and ethical principles in collecting, interpreting and publishing psychological data X
6 To have knowledge of how psychology is positioned as a scientific discipline from a historical perspective, and to know with what methods it views behavioural and mental processes X
7 To be able to distinguish between the emphases of fundamental theories and perspectives of psychology (behavioural, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, social, developmental, humanistic, psychodynamic and sociocultural) and compare and express their differences and similarities, contributions and limitations X
8 The competence to share psychological knowledge based and qualitative and quantitative data with experts and lay people, using effective communication skills X
9 To have the awareness of interpersonal and societal problems and phenomena and adopt this awareness in psychological problems and researches. X
10 Competence to make use of applied and theoretical psychological knowledge to make contributions to industrial development and provide solutions to problems X
11 To possess essential knowledge of techniques and instrumentation for psychological measurement and evaluation X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest