Department of Psychology


SFL 1013  Second Foreign Languages I

ENG 101  Academic Skills in English I

This course aims at preparing students to use academic skills in English.

TURK 100  Turkish

Students will be taught how to use the written and verbal communication tools accurately and efficiently in this course. Various types of verbal and written statements will be examined through a critical point of view by doing exercises on understanding, telling, reading, and writing. Punctuation and spelling rules, which are basis of written statement, will be taught and accurate usage of these rules for efficient and strong expression will be provided. As for verbal statement, students will be taught how to use the body language, use accent and intonation elaborately, and use presentation techniques.

MATH 111  Fundamentals of Mathematics

Sets, functions, matrices, introduction to statistics, data types and collecting data, permutation, combination, probability function, random variable, their expected values and variances and distribution fuctions.

PSY 103  Quantitative Methods in Psychology I

This is a course aiming to teach basic statistics in psychology. In addition to learning about the basics of conducting psychological data analysis and hypothesis testing, students will learn about the following statistical tests: correlation, regression, chi-square test. Student’s task will be to learn the basic concepts behind these tests, as well as to be able to compute the tests by hand. Student will also learn how to run these tests in SPSS.

IUE 100  Orientation and Career Planning

The course will help students recognize the skills needed for university life and their career goals. These skills include self-awareness, goal setting, time management, effective communication, mindfulness and analytical thinking. The course will also raise students’ awareness on problems such as addiction and bullying.

PSY 101  Introduction to Psychology I

This course examines the basic theoretical and applied fields of psychology, research methods, evolutionary bases of behavior, perception center in the human brain, learning mechanism and cognitive processes.

SFL 1024  Second Foreign Languages II

PSY 102  Introduction to Psychology II

In this course, students are introduced to basic levels of human development, motivation, social psychology, emotion, stress, health, psychological disorders and intervention methods.

ENG 102  Academic Skills in English II

ENG 102 is a compulsory course for first year students. ENG 102 focuses on the cognitive skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking. Students' academic listening skills will be improved by listening to important / relevant information from lectures or discussions and reading skills by reading recent academic texts and then using this information to create an output task. Speaking focuses on giving presentations and students get prepared to express their ideas and opinions by speaking persuasively and coherently. The writing component is a consolidation of the speaking activities.

HIST 100  Principles of Atatürk and History of Revolution

This course provides a general information of the events from the end of the 19. century until the end of the Turkish War of Independence and the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923 and the following period until 1990’s.

PSY 106  Biophysiological Basis of Human Behavior

In this course students are introduced with the structure and functioning of the nervous system and the brain; effects of drugs on consciousness and behavior.

PSY 104  Quantitative Methods in Psychology II

This is a course aiming to teach basic statistics in psychology. In addition to learning about the basics of conducting psychological data analysis and hypothesis testing, students will learn about the following statistical tests: t test, ANOVA and nonparametric tests. Student’s task will be to learn the basic concepts behind these tests, as well as to be able to compute the tests by hand. Student will also learn how to run these tests in SPSS.

PSY 203  Social Psychology I

In this course students are introduced with the basic topics (e.g., social influence processes, group processes), approaches and methods of social psychology.

PSY 205  Research Methods in Psychology I

This course is planned to introduce students to the scientific method, ethical issues in psychology research, observation and survey research from descriptive methods.

POOL 005  GEC- Social Sciences C: Arts and Communication

PSY 201  Introduction to Developmental Psychology I

Topics include basic concepts in developmental psychology, life-span perspective, basic theories of development, research methods, and certain physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development from conception to adolescence.

SFL 201  Second Foreign Languages III

SFL 202  Second Foreign Languages IV

PSY 202  Introduction to Developmental Psychology II

As a follow-up course of Introduction to Developmental Psychology-I, the topics include the psychological theories and current literature in terms of physical, cognitive, psychological, and social development related to puberty, early-, middle-, and late-adulthood as well as death.

ECON 140  Introduction to Health Economics

The course provides an economic approach to the analysis of health and medical care markets. Topics covered include the production of health, the production and consumption of medical care, the relationship between health and wealth, the health workforce and the training of health professionals, social insurance and the organization of health insurance markets.

PSY 212  Social Psychology II

As a follow-up course of Social Psychology-I, in this course students are introduced with the basic topics (e.g., social influence processes, group processes), approaches and methods of social psychology.

PSY 216  Research Methods in Psychology II

The course which has been designed as a successor of Research Methods in Psychology I class includes experimental methods in which cause-effect relationships are investigated. Within the scope of computer-aided experimental design, preparing and presenting the stimulus, designing an experimental setup and introducing computer programs for collecting behavioral data constitute the content of the course In addition, students are introduced to the latest technological systems in order to obtain physiological measures such as The Remote Eye Tracking Device and BIOPAC systems.

PSY 307  Theories of Personality

In this course, the history of personality theories, explanations of normal development, and emergence of psychopathology.

PSY 305  Industrial Psychology

The course has been designed to inform the students about the nature, aims and the use of psychological tests, historical development of psychological testing, social and ethical considerations in psychological testing, basic statistical concepts related to psychological measurement, norms and interpreting test scores, reliability in classical test theory and types of reliability and validity including basic concepts and types of validity studies.

PSY 303  Psychology of Perception

This course is a basic introduction to human sensory and perceptual systems. Because of the historical trend in this research area, the visual perception systems and principles will be focused on, but all sensory systems will be studied in detail.

PSIR 230  History of Philosophical Thought

This course explores a variety of questions and problems about human existence that have been addressed in great depth in the history of Western philosophy. What role do emotions play in human existence? What can we know, and how can we know it? What is the difference between knowledge and mere belief? How is scientific method possible? Can we learn from our past mistakes? What is existence? What is the relevance of some basic human attitudes such as care, hope, irony, thoughtlessness, and anxiety to both individual and collective existence? We will examine these questions and their significance as they appear in different thinkers and schools of thought in the history of Western philosophical tradition.

PSY 334  Psychology of Learning

The content of this course includes the general principles of learning. In relation to that theoretical and practical issues will be discussed about the habituation, sensitization, classical conditioning, operant conditioning and their applications.

PSY 332  Clinical Psychology

History of clinical psychology, psychological assessment, clinical observation, psychological testing, and clinical interventions will be explored. In this course, the relations between clinical psychology and other related fields will be discussed.

POOL 004  GEC- Social Sciences B: Humanities and Social Sciences

ENG 310  Essential Speaking Skills in English

ENG 310 is a compulsory course for third year students and is designed to enable them to speak more effectively while expressing themselves in a variety of areas, such as business related and academic related topics. These areas range from participating in discusiions to presenting information in the form of short presentations, known as Pecha Kuchas. Students will also take part in role plays and formal debates.

PSY 336  Cognitive Psychology

The course content includes various human cognitive processes and fundamental research methods in cognitive psychology.

POOL 006  GEC- Social Awareness and Ethics

ENG 410  English for Career Development

This course is designed to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge that they will need when they start their professional lives. The course simulates all stages of the job application process, including topics like finding job openings, CVs, job application forms, cover letters, job interviews, and following up, as well as handling job offers and rejection.

PSYST 400  Internship (4 weeks)

Internship covers field experience at any workplace for 4 weeks. Students should follow the instructions stated in IUE Internship Guide in order to successfully complete their internships.

PSY 421  Psychopathology

This course is about abnormal behavior as both a scientific and a clinical perspective from the viewpoint of different theories.

POOL 007  GEC-Innovation and Entreprenuership

PSY 432  Independent Study

This course includes the development of an original research problem, make literature review, formulation of the hypotheses, selection and/or development of data collection instruments, data collection and analysis, reporting the results and presentation of the project in APA format.

Elective Courses

PSY 300  Reading and Writing in Psychology

This course is arranged to teach the basic knowledge of preparing presentations (both oral and poster), reading, writing, and expressing skills that students need during their Psychology education. Throughout the course, they will select a research topic, conduct a research, write a research paper by using APA style including title page, abstract, introduction, method, results, discussion, and references. They will also present their research paper with an oral as well as a poster presentation session. Within this course, students will use office programs (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, or Publisher) effectively and will collaborate with other group members to be able to present their works.

PSY 317  Psychological Measurement

The course has been designed to inform students about the nature, aims and usage of psychological tests, historical development of psychometrics, ethical issues in psychometrics, basic statistical concepts related to psychometrics, interpretation of norms and test scores, validity and reliability types in classical test theory.

PSY 318  Attitude and Attitude Change

This course examines the phenomena about attitudes within the scope of psychology literature.

PSY 321  Evolutionary Psychology

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.

PSY 323  Contemporary Advances in Social Psychology

In this course contemporary approaches and research of social psychology are introduced.

PSY 327  Individual Differences

This course has been designed to discuss the interaction between individual differences and situational factors especially in terms of interpersonal, emotional, cognitive, motivational, and self-related dispositions.

PSY 330  Adolescence

This course focuses on psychical, cognitive, social, and emotional development and the developmental problems of adolescents in the contexts of family, school, peer, and culture.

PSY 340  Marriage and Family

Given the increasing diversity among families in contemporary society, this course focuses on contemporary families, current topics associated with contemporary families, family diversity, social issues faced by these families, marriage, and current topics associated with marriage.

PSY 401  Test Construction in Psychology

This course is designed to inform students about various psychological tests used in different fields of psychology and to provide them an experience by a test construction process.

PSY 404   Children and Adolescent Psychopathology

The etiology and treatment of childhood and adolescence psychopathologies would be explored based on different approaches.

PSY 409  Cross Cultural Psychology

In this course the influence of culture on several areas of psychology, especially on the field of clinical psychology, would be introduced. The influence of the experiences of disadvantaged groups on mental health would be discussed throughout the semester.

PSY 410  Principles of Psychological Counseling

The main aim of this course is to provide students with a knowledge of the psychological processes that direct counseling in addition to the theories that contributes to the profession.

PSY 411  Philosophical Basis of Psychology

The course consists of the knowledge about the basic disscussions on the fields of philosophy such as philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and philosophy of science, which are, at the same time, important to the science of psychology.

PSY 412  Introduction to Psychotherapy

This course introduces the major theories of psychotherapy. The different approaches of psychotherapy will be compared and contrasted in the effort to provide students a critical framework.

PSY 414  Psychological Testing in Practice

In this course, historical development of clinical neuropsychological testing and assessment would be explored. During the semester neuropsychological functions such as memory, attention, executive functions, language functions, and different tests developed to evaluate neuropsychopathology will be explained by considering their psychometric properties.

PSY 415  Human Sexuality

This course consists of the core topics in the field of human sexuality including sexual anatomy and physiology, sexual arousal and response, gender roles, attraction, love, intimate relationships, sexual communication, sexual orientation, conception, birth control, prenatal development, childbirth, sexual behavior across the life span, sexual dysfunction and sex therapy, sexually transmitted diseases, atypical variations in sexual behavior, sexual coercion, and commercial sex.

PSY 416  History of Psychology : Systems and Theories

The purpose of this course is to provide knowledge about sociocultural climate in Europe when Sigmund Freud had started to develop his theory of psychopathology, types of problems led him to modify his initial theory, reasons of psychoanalysts coming after him modified Freud’s classical theory and how did his understanding of human nature and psychopathology changed within the psychoanalytical approach.

PSY 417  The Psychology of Gender

This course focuses on issues related to the concept of gender within the framework of social psychology and its consequences for males and females in different contexts such as workplace and romantic relationships.

PSY 419  Cognitive Development

This course covers the development of perceptual abilities, attention, memory, intelligence, language, problem solving and reasoning, social cognition, and thinking about social phenomena that take place from birth through childhood.

PSY 420  Neuropsychological Assessment

This course includes three essential topics of neuropsychology which are the relationship between the cognitive function and brain structure, characteristic of cognitive impairment in neuropsychiatric disorders and administration of neuropsychological tests and assessment of the results.

PSY 422  Traffic Psychology

In this course traffic psychology topics, such as driver behaviors, psycho-technical evaluation, risk-taking, and driver rehabilitation, are introduced both in theoretical and applied ways.

PSY 425  Aging and Older Adulthood

This course focuses on the basic concepts, theories, and methods of older adulthood, physical, cognitive, socio-emotional changes in older adulthood, and the aging process.

PSY 426  Work Motivation

What drives you to want to learn about psychology? Why did you choose your career? Why do some employees work more than others? What are the drives behind employees’ motivation? Do they work more because they will earn money, or because they just have an internal drive to work harder? Why do some employees have more energy than others? Are engaged workers more productive than the others? These are the basic questions that will be focused in this course.

PSY 427  Psychological Tests

This course focuses on the transferring basic knowledge about the psychological tests commonly used in different subfields of psychology and ethical principles regarding their use.

PSY 428  Psychology of Trauma

This course covers the basic concepts of trauma psychology, the reactions that people who are exposed to traumatic events may experience, and the normal and abnormal dimensions of these reactions. It also introduces intervention methods for people experiencing traumatic stress, psychological first aid, and psycho-social support practices after disasters.

PSY 430   Clinical Observation and Interview

The purpose of this course is to provide knowledge about observation and interview processes in order to gain an understanding of the nature of the problems leading to seeking help, obtaining information about the possible diagnosis of the client, and deciding or guiding the treatment appropriate for the client. The aim of the course is to improve the students' ability to make effective listening and observation, to establish a relationship, to make a diagnosis-specific evaluation, and to take personal histories.

PSY 440  Applied Psychological Counselling

The course consists of demonstration of counseling skills through psychodrama group experience. The students will try to gain skills through psychodrama technique and receive feedback depending on their active participation in the group.

PSY 450  Advanced Physiological Psychology

This course provides students an advanced understanding of the physiological basis of behavior. Topics of discussion will include the structure and function of the nervous system at a molecular, cellular, and systems neuroscience level.

PSY 460  Forensic Psychology

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the relationship between psychology and law by showing how research and theory in the field of psychology inform the legal process. Titles include; crime and guilt, violence, social risk factors, crime victims, corrective mechanisms, functioning of courts, taking testimony from child witnesses and ethics. Students will be introduced to the application of relevant theory and research to real life events and practice, and they will be enabled to practice.

PSY 470  Language and Thought

The course consists of views on language and thought from a variety of disciplines such as philosophy, linguistics, cognitive psychology and neuroscience.

PSY 480  Health Psychology

The aim of this course is to introduce students to health behaviors, disease perception and adaptation, the relationship of stress with illnesses, adaptation to chronic, progressive and fatal diseases, and research methods used in the field of health psychology, which are the main study subjects of health psychology.

PSY 490  Addiction

This course consists of topics on basic concepts of substance and non-substance-related addictions, different types of drug and their effects, risk factors, psychological and social factors and health consequences.

PSY 497  Developing a Research Project in Psychology

This course includes the development of an original research problem, make literature review, formulation of the hypotheses, selection and/or development of data collection instruments and their writing in a research proposal format.

PSY 498  Conducting and Reporting a Research Project in Psychology

This course includes the development of an original research problem, make literature review, formulation of the hypotheses, selection and/or development of data collection instruments and preparing a manuscript in APA format.

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