PSY 424 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Individual Differences
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSY 424
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 Basic premise of this course is how individual differences interact with situational factors to shape social behavior. Are people with certain dispositions more likely to experience anxiety; feel more optimistic in life; obey the rules or form long lasting relationships? These are the questions that can be answered at the end of the course. This course provides full range of individual differences related to interpersonal judgment, behavior, cognition, motivation and emotion.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Will able to define the person-situation debate to gain insight into how situations may affect the manner in which personality is exhibited.
  • Will be able to explain how individual differences interact with situational factors to shape social behavior.
  • Will be able to explain how personality traits such as extraversion, agreeableness and interpersonal dependency influence individuals’ feelings, action, thoughts and goals.
  • Will be able to define emotional dispositions and the way they relate to social relationships, social roles, mental representations and mental processes.
  • Will learn cognitive dispositions such as need for cognition, locus of control and attribution styles and belief in a just world.
  • Will be able explain how cognitive dispositions are related to stereotyping, interpersonal relations, depression, academic performance and social judgment.
  • Will able to explain motivational differences between individuals that affect social behavior (i.e., what these are, how they are measured, what kinds of social behavior they are related to).
  • Will be able to define self-related dispositions and the way they relate to social relationships, communication and conflict resolution processes.
Course Content This course is aimed to discuss the interaction between individual differences and situational factors. This course specifically examines individual differences in emotional, cognitive and motivational dispositions.

 



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 Introduction to the course
2 Interpersonal Dispositions: Extraversion and agreeableness Leary, M.H. & Hoyle, R.H. (2009). Handbook of individual differences in social behavior. New York: Guilford Press.
3 Interpersonal Dispositions: Gender identity Leary, M.H. & Hoyle, R.H. (2009). Handbook of individual differences in social behavior. New York: Guilford Press.
4 Emotional dispositions: Neuroticism Happiness Leary, M.H. & Hoyle, R.H. (2009). Handbook of individual differences in social behavior. New York: Guilford Press.
5 Emotional dispositions: Pronenes to Shame and Proneness to Guilt Leary, M.H. & Hoyle, R.H. (2009). Handbook of individual differences in social behavior. New York: Guilford Press.
6 MIDTERM 1 Leary, M.H. & Hoyle, R.H. (2009). Handbook of individual differences in social behavior. New York: Guilford Press.
7 Cognitive dispositions: Openness to Experience and Locus of Control Leary, M.H. & Hoyle, R.H. (2009). Handbook of individual differences in social behavior. New York: Guilford Press.
8 Cognitive dispositions: Attribution Styles and Belief in a Just World Leary, M.H. & Hoyle, R.H. (2009). Handbook of individual differences in social behavior. New York: Guilford Press.
9 Cognitive dispositions: Need for Cognition and Authoritarianism and Dogmatism Leary, M.H. & Hoyle, R.H. (2009). Handbook of individual differences in social behavior. New York: Guilford Press.
10 Conscientiousness and Integrative Complexity Leary, M.H. & Hoyle, R.H. (2009). Handbook of individual differences in social behavior. New York: Guilford Press.
11 Motivational dispositions: Sensation Seeking and Psychological Defensiveness Leary, M.H. & Hoyle, R.H. (2009). Handbook of individual differences in social behavior. New York: Guilford Press.
12 MIDTERM 2 Leary, M.H. & Hoyle, R.H. (2009). Handbook of individual differences in social behavior. New York: Guilford Press.
13 Self-related dispositions: Self-Monitoring and Self-Construals Leary, M.H. & Hoyle, R.H. (2009). Handbook of individual differences in social behavior. New York: Guilford Press.
14 Self-related dispositions Leary, M.H. & Hoyle, R.H. (2009). Handbook of individual differences in social behavior. New York: Guilford Press.
15 Review of the Semester Leary, M.H. & Hoyle, R.H. (2009). Handbook of individual differences in social behavior. New York: Guilford Press.
16 FINAL

 

Course Textbooks Aforementioned books related chapters and power point slides
References

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
1
5
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
25
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
25
Final / Oral Exam
1
45
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
3
55
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
1
45
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
1
25
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
20
Final / Oral Exam
1
30
    Total
155

 

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