Course Contents

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

This module provides an overview of the science of psychology. The topics include history, methodology, biopsychology, sensation, perception, learning, memory, cognition and language, intelligence, consciousness, motivation, emotions, stress, health, social psychology, personality, abnormality, therapy, disorders and treatment.

Key Text: Kalat, J. (2010-9th ed.). Introduction to Psychology. Australia: Wadsworth.

ENG 111 Academic Reading and Writing in Psychology I

Students will be able to learn about the nature of research material such as article, theses, books; the way they are organized and structure; and how to make use of them efficiently for their interests. They will develop their own genre by writing and reading practices. APA style will be taken as the standard for citations, organization of the academic text and for a wide varies of other academic purposes. Students learn to read critically, analyse thoughts and ideas in texts, manage ideas and information, and evaluate texts for tone, purpose, style, and effectiveness. Students learn to respond to texts in writing and develop the writing skills needed to write effective essays at university level.

Key Text: Folse, S. K. (2011).  Four Point Reading and Writing 1. Michigan: University of Michigan.

ENG 112 Academic Reading and Writing in Psychology II

In this module students will be able to learn how to prepare an essay, a research project, and read the works of leading publications in the field of psychology. They will also learn how to present a topic using related software.

Key Text: Folse, S. K. (2011).  Four Point Reading and Writing 1. Michigan: University of Michigan.

PSY 104 Biological Bases of Human Behaviour I

This module will introduce the student to the fundamental concepts and findings of Biological Psychology. It draws on a variety of ideas from Neurophysiology, Psychopharmacology, Neuroanatomy and Perception in relation to human behaviour. Main idea is to introduce students to the concepts and key issues within the discipline. The module will introduce the basics of cell anatomy and neural transmission and explain the role of various neurotransmitters in the body. In addition, the module will explore how disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and drug addiction can be explained at the level of neural activity. One final objective is to enhance the students’ ability to think critically and scientifically about the biological correlates of human behaviour.

Key Text: Kalat, J. W. (2009-tenth ed.) Biological Psychology. Australia: Wadsworth

PSY 201 Research Methods in Psychology

In the end of this module students will learn how conduct scientific research in psychology. The module covers the following topics: Psychology, science and research; Measuring people (i.e. variables, samples, and the qualitative critique), experiments; validity; quasi experiment and non-experimental designs; observation; interview, tests and measurement scales, comparison studies (i.e. cross-sectional, longitudinal and cross-cultural studies); qualitative approaches.

Key Text: Coolican, H. (2013-fifth ed.). Research methods and statistics in psychology. London: Routledge.

PSY 205 Social Psychology I

In this module students will be able to examine the cognition and behaviour of individuals in their relation with the rest of other fellow humans and groups in their cultural and environmental context. The module will cover following topics: understanding social psychology; social cognition and social thinking; attribution and social explanation; Self and Identity; Attitudes; Persuasion and attitude change; Social Influence; People in Groups.

Key Text: Hogg, M. A. & Vaughan, G. M. (2011-Sixth Edit.). Social Psychology. Harlow: Pearson

PSY 204 Cognitive Psychology I

In thus modules students will be able to focus on details of human cognition and mechanisms. This module (I) will specifically focus on the following topics: Approaches to cognition; visual perception and attention (i.e. basic processes, object and face recognition, perception-motion-action, attention-performance); memory (i.e. learning, memory, forgetting, long-term memory, everyday memory).

Key Text: Eysenck, M. W. & Keane, M. T. (2010). Cognitive psychology: A Student’s Handbook. Hove: Psychology Press

PSY 301 Statistical Methods in Psychology

In the end of this module students will learn how analyse and report collected scientific data in psychology. The module covers the following topics: organizing data, graphical representation, frequencies and distributions, significance testing, testing for differences between two samples; Tests for categorical variables and frequency tables; correlation; multi-level analysis; multi-factorial design; ANOVA for repeated measures; selecting appropriate tests; qualitative analyses; ethical issues in psychological research; project writing and reporting.

Key Text: Coolican, H. (2013-fifth ed.). Research methods and statistics in psychology. London: Routledge.

PSY 307 Lifespan Human Development I

In this module students will learn a number of topics from a developmental perspective, i.e. development of a psychological topic will be followed across different phases of life. The topics in this first module will cover understanding the nature of lifespan development, developmental theories, genes environment and development, prenatal development and birth, health and physical development; sensation, perception and attention, cognition; memory and information processing.

Key Text: Sigelman, C. K. & Rider, E. A. (2010). Life-Span human development. Australia: Wadsworth

PSY 303 Psychology of Learning

A survey and critical analysis of theoretical issues, empirical findings and research methods in the psychology of learning and cognition. Coverage includes mechanisms of learning and how learned information is retained, processed and used in memory and other cognitive processes. Students conduct several lab research projects and write up the results in the publication format of the American Psychological Association.

Schwartz, B., Wasserman, E. A., & Robbins, S. J.  (2002). Psychology of learning and behavior. New York: Norton.

PSY 305 Theories of Personality

This module examines the range of psychological theory and research on personality. The topics included are as follows: definition of personality, research on personality, psychoanalytic approach, the Neo-Freudian approaches; the trait approach; Biological Approach; Humanistic approach; Behavioural/social learning approach; Cognitive approach;

Key Text: Burger, J. M. (2010-eight ed.). Personality. Australia, Wadsworth.

PSY 302 Psychology and Contemporary Issues

The module aims to introduce students to the contribution psychology can make to our understanding of and approach to contemporary issues. These will vary year on year but will be limited in number to ensure student have time to both engage with the topics and also develop skills in practical and workshop sessions. The topics covered will depend on what is current in the media and also staff interests and expertise but can be expected to include some issues of worldwide concern (such as health related matters where cultural issues are significant). It also aims to encourage students to take a critical and evidence-based approach to ideas that have general currency but may not be well understood by non-psychologists.

Key Text: (texts will be offered by the lecturers according to the relevant topics selected)

PSY 316 Psychopathology

The module examines approaches to the psychological understanding of psychiatric disorders. Lecture topics will include how we define and classify abnormal behaviour, research and ethical issues in abnormal psychology as well as examining a selection of disorders (e.g. selected anxiety disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, insomnia, pervasive developmental disorders and eating disorders) within the context of current psychological research and theories to give knowledge of which clusters of symptoms suggest particular disorders, theories of the processes (e.g. biological, psychological) that may cause and maintain these disorders and the various approaches to treating and managing these disorders.

Key Text: Kring, A. M., Johnson, S. L., Davison, G. C., & Neale, J. M. (2010). Abnormal psychology. 11th Edition. New York: John Wiley & Sons

PSY 320  Research Project

Students will be able to take part in ongoing projects supervised by lecturers in any areas (i.e. clinical, social, industrial, personality among others) and on any topic. Alternatively, students as a group may develop their own research proposal under the supervision of assigned lecturers

Key Text: Punch, K. (2016). Developing effective research proposal. London: Sage.

PSY 401 Clinical Psychology

This module examines specific applications of psychological principles to the mental health field by exploring strategies for assessment and therapeutic intervention. Students will discuss a wide range of approaches (e.g., psychoanalysis; humanistic therapy; cognitive behavioural and dialectical behaviour therapy; mindfulness based stress reduction; family therapy; art therapy) and they consider issues raised by traditional clinical practice, such as ethics, the politics and economics of mental health, and cultural biases. They will learn how to conduct interviews with clients/patients.

Trull, T. J. & Prinstein, M. J. (2014). Clinical psychology (8th Ed.). California: Wadsworth

PSY 423 Neuropsychology

In this module students will be able to learn the principles of neuropsychology and brain-behaviour relationships. The goal of this course will be to introduce the student to the role that specific brain regions and networks play in producing behaviour. Students will examine neuronal structure and function, human neuroanatomy, and the development of the nervous system. and how neural systems give rise to perception, memory and consciousness. The connections between disease processes or trauma and the nervous system will be explained. The course will focus on the tools neuropsychologists use to detect behavioural and cognitive deficits caused by brain dysfunction/injury.

Key Text: Andrewes, D. (2016). Neuropsychology: From theory to practice. New York: Routledge

PSY 433 History of Psychology

This module explores major developments and ideas in psychology such as: the history of ideas about the mind; the effects of theorists’ life experiences on their ideas; key historical and social events that shaped the field; when and how psychology became a science; and how ideas about what is “normal” shape and are shaped by psychology.

Key Text: Hothersall, D. (2004). History of psychology. New York: McGorw-Hill



Area 1     Cognitive/Experimental/Biological Electives

PSY 215  Cognitive Psychology II

In thus modules students will be able to focus on details of human cognition and mechanisms. This module II will specifically focus on the following topics: Language (i.e. reading and speech perception, language comprehension, language production); thinking and reasoning (i.e. problem solving and expertise, judgement and decision making, inductive and deductive reasoning; New trends (i.e. cognition and emotion, consciousness).

Key Text: Eysenck, M. W. & Keane, M. T. (2010). Cognitive psychology: A Student’s Handbook. Hove: Psychology Press

PSY 324  Applied Experimental Study

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), cognitive psychology is the “study of higher mental processes such as attention, language use, memory, perception, problem solving, and thinking.” As a scientific study of mind and mental functioning, the core focus of modern cognitive psychology is on studying how people acquire, process, and store information within the complex computing system known as the human brain. Therefore, cognitive psychologists are most concerned with studying how we think, perceive, remember, forget, solve problems, focus, and learn.

In contrast, experimental psychologists are interested in exploring theoretical questions, often by creating a hypothesis and then setting out to prove or disprove it through experimentation. They study a wide range of behavioral topics among humans and animals, including sensation, perception, attention, memory, cognition and emotion. In this module, students will be able to get an understanding of the fundamentals of applied experimental psychology (e.g., applications of methods), and using that understanding in the context of design.

Key Text: Kantowitz, B. H., Roediger, H. L., & Elmes, D. G. (2005).  Experimental Psychology: Understanding psychological research. Wadsworth.

PSY 324  Biological Bases of Psychology II

This module will build on the topics encountered in Introduction to Biological Psychology and focuses on the study of the biological basis of human behaviour, relating actions and experiences to genetics and physiology. It will cover topic areas including sleep, emotion, language, memory, and schizophrenia. The module will also discuss biological research methods such as brain imaging techniques (for example PET, fMRI, EEG), physiological recording, and the study of brain-damaged patients. The aim of the module is to enable students to reach a sufficient level of understanding of biological psychology to be capable of critically evaluating theory and method in published research. The module explores in detail how psychological processes can be examined at the level of biological processes of the nervous system and provides an historical perspective on the advances in brain science.

Key Text: Kalat, J. W. (2009-tenth ed.) Biological psychology. Australia: Wadsworth

PSY 415  Cognition and Emotion

Cognition and emotion affect behaviour in a myriad of ways. The interactions of cognition and emotion are also quite complex. The primary purpose of this course is to provide an overview of research on the cognitive and affective bases of behaviour. This course covers various topics relating to cognitive and emotional influences on behaviour. The focus is on the process and representations involved in memory, concept formation, speech and language, problem solving, creativity, reasoning, and emotion. Further, much of the focus will be on how emotion affects cognitive functioning. Findings from experimental cognitive psychology, cognitive neuropsychology, and emotion research will be considered. The course will examine the central themes of cognitive psychology and how emotion/affect relate to these themes. designed to foster critical thinking and presentation skill.

Power, M. J., & Dalgleishy, T. (2008). Cognition and emotion: From order to disorder. Psychology Press


Area 2     Social/Developmental Psychology Electives

PSY 206  Social Psychology II

In this module students will be able to focus on individuals in their relation with the rest of other fellow humans and groups in their cultural and environmental context. The module (II) will cover following topics: Leadership and Decision Making; Prejudice and Discrimination; Intergroup Behaviour; Aggression; Prosocial Behaviour; Attraction and close relationships; Language and Communication Culture.

Key Text: Hogg, M. A. & Vaughan, G. M. (2011-Sixth Edit.). Social psychology. Harlow: Pearson

PSY 308 Lifespan Human Development II

In this module students will learn a number of topics from a developmental perspective, i.e. development of a psychological topic will be followed across different phases of life. The topics in this Module II module will cover intelligence and creativity; language and education, self-and personality, gender roles and sexuality; social cognition and moral development; Attachment and Social Relationships; the family; developmental psychopathology and finally death and dying.

Key Text: Sigelman, C. K. & Rider, E. A. (2010). Life-Span Human Development. Australia: Wadsworth

PSY 322  Cultural Psychology

The module examines the relevance of cross-cultural material to key topics in psychology including emotion; socialization; the self; the development of cognitive skills; the relationship between language and thought and intercultural communication. Material will be drawn primarily from the empirical work of psychologists, but also from research conducted by social and cognitive anthropologists. A continuing theme in the module will be an examination of the interplay between psychological processes and society, with special emphasis on the dimensions of individualism-collectivism and independence-interdependence

Key Text: Berry, J. W. , Poortinga, Y. H., Segall, M. H., & Dasen, P. R. (1992). Cross-cultural psychology: Research and applications. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press. Google Scholar

PSY 328  Cognitive and Social Development

This module examines the major theories and theoretical perspectives that have shaped thought and scholarship throughout the history of developmental psychology. Included will be the psychoanalytic tradition, behavioural and social learning models, cognitive-developmental theory, information-processing theories, humanistic conceptions of the self, ecological and ethnological perspectives, perceptual-development theory, theories of moral development, and cultural-psychological perspectives.

Crain, W. (2011). Theories of development: Concepts and applications (6th Ed.). New York: Routledge

PSY 414  Industrial and Organizational Psychology

The study and application of the principles of psychology to work place behaviour in a wide variety of organizations (e.g., industrial/profit making, governmental, human service, non-profit, etc.). Industrial/organizational psychology attempts to answer two major questions: Why do people behave the way they do within organizations? How can we use this information to improve the effectiveness of the organization and lives of its members? Topics include selecting and evaluating employees, training and development, organizational culture, job satisfaction and motivation, leadership, communication, decision making, quality of work life, work stress and health.

Aamodt, M. G. (2016). Industrial/organizational psychology: An applied approach. Boston: Cengage

PSY 431  Individual Differences

Differential methods in the study of human behaviour. Overview of the nature of psychological traits and the influence of age, sex, heredity, and environment in causation of individual and group differences in ability, personality, interests, and social attitudes.

Maltby, J., Day, L.,& Macaskill, A. (2017). Personality, individual differences and intelligence. Harlow: Pearson

PSY 411  Language and Thought

The module aims to introduce students to central issues in psycholinguistics and to the ways in which researchers carry out psycholinguistic work. Psycholinguistics is the study of language and the mind. Specifically, the module deals with (i) the way infants acquire their first language, (ii) the way young and adult learners acquire a foreign language and the way they use this language, (iii) the language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening and the role of memory, and (iv)conditions such as dyslexia and aphasia.

Lund, N. (2003). Language and thought. New York: Routledge.

PSY 336  Intimate Relationships

Advanced survey of theories and research related to intimate relationships, including romantic relations and those among family members and friends in diverse cultural and relationship contexts.

Key Text: Miller, R. S. (2012). Intimate relationship. New York: McGrow Hill

PSY 429  Gender and Sexuality

This module provides the biological, psychological, and sociocultural aspects of human sexuality and related research. Topics include reproductive biology, sexual and psychosexual development, sexual orientation, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual disorders, theories of sexuality, and related issues. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an overall knowledge and understanding of human sexuality. This module has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for the general education core requirement in social/behavioural sciences.

Key Text: Siann, G. (2005). Gender, sex and sexuality: Contemporary psychological perspectives. London: Taylor & Francis

Area 3     Clinical Psychology Electives

PSY 330  Children and Adolescent Psychopathology

This module aims to review developmental psychology theories and evidence relating to developmental disorders. Topics are tackled by examining research papers and theories taking critical comparative approach. The module will focus on developmental disorders that are defined behaviourally, such as Dyslexia, Specific Language Impairment, Developmental Coordination Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Students will learn about the nature of the difficulties experienced in these disorders and drawing on current research, the theoretical frameworks for explaining the underlying cause of difficulties. Students will also learn how these orders are diagnosed and assessed and have the opportunity to look at some appropriate interventions. Consideration will also be given to the co-occurrence with other disorders and the impact of cultural differences and second language learning.

Key Text: Beauchaine, T. P. & Hinshaw, S. P. (Editors.) (2017). Child and adolescent psychopathology. Wiley

PSY 416  Health Psychology

This module surveys the newly emerging field of behaviour and health. Topics covered include the psychology of health care and research; psychoneuroimmunology; issues of stress, pain and coping; the role of behaviour and chronic disease (heart, AIDS, cancer, etc.); and behavioural health (the use of tobacco, drugs, extreme eating control measures, and exercise).

Ogden, j. (2012). Health psychology. London: Open University Press

PSY 420  Clinical Case Studies

In this module, students will study in depth on psychopathological topics on 3-4 selected clients/patients. They will interview with these clients and analyse their material ending up with a report of their interview and analyses.

Key Text: (the text will be selected by the lecturers)

PSY 424  Selective Topics in Clinical Psychology

Students will be able to focus on specific topics selected and learn how to handle these in clinical settings. The topics may include loss and bereavement, sexual tendencies, trauma among others

Key Text: (the text will be selected by the lecturers)

PSY 403  Introduction to Counselling Psychology

This module will assist students to acquire basic skills or techniques used in one-on-one counselling sessions by professional counsellors. In addition to practicing interventions in simulated situations, topics of study include the role(s) of the professional helper, ethics in counselling, multicultural issue, and working with special populations. The module is required for Human Services majors and is an elective for Criminal Justice major. It is especially appropriate for those who intend to enter a helping field.

Key Text: Culley, S. (1991). Integrative counselling skills in action.  London: Sage.

Psychology 342: Psychopharmacology

This module is designed to familiarize students with current drugs including antipsychotics, antidepressants, antianxiety agents, and drugs of abuse. An emphasis will be placed on the action of these drugs at the synaptic level, indications and contraindications for their use, and potential side effects.

Key Text: Temel Ders Kitabı: Preston, J. D. & O’Neal, J. H. (2017). Handobook of clinical psychopharmacology for therapists (8th ed.). Oakland: New Harbinger

Area 4     Research Methods and Statistics Electives

PSY 202  Research Methods in Psychology II

Lectures will cover some of the issues associated with researching in psychology and will cover the principles of statistical analysis. However this is not a mathematically focused module, the aim is to demonstrate the conceptual framework on which inferential statistics rest, with less emphasis given to the actual mathematical foundations. The module has a strong practical emphasis; students will be conducting and taking part in simple psychological studies and surveys which are done inside and outside of the class, in which data will be collected and analysed and written up in the form of Psychology reports. As such writing skills also play a major part of this module.

Key Text: Coolican, H. (2013-fifth ed.). Research methods and statistics in psychology. London: Routledge.

PSY 413  Neuropsychological Testing and Assessment

Students learn about such tools as fMRI and Elektroenkefelogram and other Neuro-psychological tests such as Bender Visual Motor Gestalt Test and Hooper Visual Organization Test and be familiar on how to use, understand and assess the results of these tests and measurements conducted on related topics.

Lezak, M. D., & Howieson, D. B. (2012). Neuropsychological assessment. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

 PSY 436 Conducting and Reporting Research Project in Psychology

Directed Research provides an intensive research experience in which students engage fully in the research process and produce a complete study over the module of the semester. With the close support of a faculty member each step of the way, students design a research project intended to extend knowledge in a psychological area of their interest, collect and analyse data, write a research report that includes an extensive literature review, and present their project as a poster in a public setting. Director research is open only to declared psychology majors; students are assigned to sections by the supervising faculty. This module fulfils the capstone requirement for the psychology major.

Key Text: Punch, K. (2016). Developing effective research proposal. London: Sage.

PSY 311  Testing and Measurement in Psychology

Equal emphasis is given to test construction theory and applications of psychological tests and measurements. Topics include measurement theory, statistical procedures, methods of scoring, interpretation of results, and evaluation of instruments for a variety of purposes (clinical, counselling, educational, and industrial). Experience is provided with group and individual tests.

Cohen, R. J., Swerdlik, M., & Sturman, E. (2010). Psychological testing and assessment: An introduction to tests and measurement (8th Edition). New York: McGraw Hill.


Area 5     Sub-Division Electives

PSY 326  Psychology of Music

The two main aims of the module are: 1) To provide a general overview of some fundamental concepts in the perception and production of sound and music; 2) To provide an in-depth study of a few selected topics within music psychology, drawing on recent primary research literature. The module is built around a combination of lectures, providing the necessary background information, and seminars, in which papers from the literature are discussed. Lecture topics include: Introduction to sound, introduction to hearing, masking and the principles of MP3 coding, categorical perception in music, scales, consonance and dissonance in harmony, melody perception and memory, and the perceptual organization of sound and music. Seminars are based around themes, which include: tonality and rhythm, cognitive neuroscience of music, comparative and developmental studies of music perception, music and emotion.

Deutsch, D. (ed.) (2013). The Psychology of music (3rd ed.). London: Elsevier

PSY 434  Psychology of Religion

The module provides an introduction into the most important areas in the Psychology of Religion. Central topics are: Definitions of concepts, spiritual and religious experiences, different methods for alterations in consciousness (for example mediation and narcotics), conversion, religious, spiritual, and moral development; religion, personality and health; religion, culture, identity and the socially constructed reality; groups: New religious movements (NRM), sects and cults. The debate about brain washing in NRM

Key Text: Spilka, B., Hood, R. W., Hunsberger, B., & Gorsuch, R. (2003). The Psychology of religion: An empirical approach. (3rd ed.) New York: Guilford Press.

PSY 421  Sports Psychology

The scientific study of the behavioural, affective, and cognitive reactions of participants and spectators to various sport settings, with emphasis on the potential of sport to contribute to psychological health and wellbeing, as well as the potential for sport to increase anxiety, aggression, violence, and injury. The role of the sports psychologist is examined, including increasing the level of athletic performance, dealing with the emotional problems of athletes, educating athletes, coaches, and spectators, and studying human behaviour and mental processes in sports settings.

Key Text: Weinberg, R., & Gould, D. (2015).  Foundations of sport and exercise psychology (6th Ed.) Leeds: Human Kinetics

PSY 418  History of Psychological Studies in Turkish-Islamic-Tradition

In this module students will be able to read classical texts written by prominent figures in the history of Turkish-Islamic tradition who studied and discussed particularly on psychology of individuals in Muslim contexts.

Key Text: (Text will be composed from various classical Islamic studies)

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