Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Psychology

Duration 4 Years
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About the Department

The CIU Department of Psychology established in 2010, under the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, with the approval of the Higher Education Council (YÖK) in Turkey. During the first three years, the medium of instruction for the undergraduate program was entirely English; however, in 2013, the Turkish program was opened and began training and educating prospective psychologists who prefer to study in this rapidly growing field. The main objectives of the undergraduate program are to teach courses in general psychology as well as the various sub-fields of psychology including social psychology, developmental psychology, experimental psychology, industrial psychology, cognitive psychology and clinical psychology and to provide basic knowledge in psychology; to teach scientific thinking skills and academic research techniques; to adhere to professional ethical principles and practice; and to train psychologists with advanced communication skills. 

Accreditations

The Psychology Program has been since February 2018, by the Association for the Evaluation and Accreditation of Science, Literature, Science-Literature, Language and History-Geography Faculties Education Programs (FEDEK), which is a leading accreditation body in Turkey known for its innovative and continuous development in accreditation. The rapidly growing and developing Psychology Department at CIU received its well-deserved accreditation (FEDEK) in December 2017 for 5 years. Moreover, the CIU Department of Psychology is the only psychology department in the TRNC that has obtained this accreditation and it is also among the very few departments accredited throughout Turkey.

Education Opportunities

Our undergraduate and graduate programs are designed to provide students with advanced theoretical, empirical, and methodological knowledge in specific fields of psychology while providing them with opportunities to apply and integrate this knowledge into their areas of expertise. Students equipped with this foundation are anticipated to either pursue an academic career or to work in the field as either practitioners or researchers.
Our state of the art neuropsychology lab, which is the first and only neuropsychology lab in the TRNC, is fully equipped (from neuropsychological test batteries to EEG) and open for public service. In our neuropsychology lab, research topics such as memory, executive functions, cognitive development, and neuropsychological assessments are of priority. Studies carried out in the lab are done with students assigned to the projects and are supervised by the department's experienced academics. Additionally, students are encouraged to develop and carry out research projects in their field of interest, also supervised by academics in the department.

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Career Areas

Psychology graduates can work as psychologists in all areas that interact with people, such as clinics, hospitals, educational institutions, and in administrative positions at housing and day-care centers or nursing homes, in organizations focusing on increasing work-place productivity and the well-being of employees, and in professional sports and athletics areas in order to improve the performance of the responsible athletes and sports clubs. Graduates can become psychologists, researchers, guidance teachers, management psychologists, or work in forensic institutions, family courts, criminal courts, psycho-evaluation centers, corporations, and human resources departments. Also, they can seek out careers in public relations or management units, public organizations, advertising companies, copywriting departments and/or work as private consultants. Graduates who are interested in becoming researchers, teaching assistants, or working in academia can pursue their master’s degree and/or Ph.D. Moreover, graduates who are interested in working in a clinical and practical setting are also obliged and encouraged to pursue their master’s degree in a related program. Finally, they then can set up their own consulting and training companies or offer a variety of services to businesses on personnel selection and training.

Contact

Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Education and Humanities Center, EH113
Tel: +90 392 671 1111 Extension: 2601
Faculty E-mail: secretary-fas@ciu.edu.tr

Compulsory modules

First Semester
BIOLOGY-I

Course code

BIOL103

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

4
The course starts with a brief introduction on evolutionary and environmental adaptations of the human beings. Students are provided with an understanding of the biological bases of behavior. The course includes a short introduction on the importance and methodologies used in the biological sciences and describes the basic characteristics of living organisms, the chemical and physiological basis of vitality, the cell, its organelles and their functions. Students are familiarized with scientific articles on biology. Anatomy and the physiology of the cell is introduced with emphasis on understanding the functions of the nerve cell. The course is specifically dedicated to the human nervous system as well as brain mechanisms.
READING AND WRITING SKILLS-I

Course code

ENGL141

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

4
This course aims to develop students' listening, speaking, reading - writing and study skills. The course provides students with the opportunity to develop their communication skills through controlled activities and to equip students with the basic study skills necessary to follow the curriculum of English. This course also provides students with the opportunity to process the newly acquired knowledge and to develop their ability to ask questions about how to apply the new knowledge to new situations and ask them to think critically. In addition, this course will enable students to learn about the different strategies required to review the various reading pieces, such as finding the main idea and distinguishing the details from the main idea.
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS

Course code

ITEC110

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

4
The aim of this course is to give the students an understanding of the fundamentals of computers such as the basic components of the computers, input, output, storage devices and processing as well as application and system software, utility programs and internet basics. At the end of this course students will be familiar with the computer terminology and able to use the word processing and spreadsheet programs as well as efficient internet usage. General presentation of computer technologies, Windows operating system and applications in the Microsoft Office packageWord, Excel, Access and Power Point , softwares used in pharmacies, drawing for academic purposes and web-based method of screening of literature are also covered.
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY-I

Course code

PSYC101

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
The course describes the nature of psychology, defines contemporary psychology which has been around since the late 1800s and combines them with new approaches such behavioral, cognitive, and neuro-scientific perspectives via the means of technology. This course briefly describes the historical roots, modern approaches and major research methods utilized in psychology. The course also introduces several sub-branches such as clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, and experimental psychology and briefly describes the major subfields of psychology as defined by the American Psychological Association. The course focuses on current perspectives and research findings regarding psychological processes such as sensation, perception, different states of consciousness, learning, memory, cognition, reasoning, thinking, language, and intelligence.
SOCIOLOGY

Course code

SOCY101

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

5
This introductory course in Sociology begins with an overview of the nature of the discipline, followed by a survey of various aspects of the structures and dynamics of social life. The history of sociology, the views of its founders and the major modern sociological perspectives are examined afterwards. Research methods and theories in sociology are explored to illustrate how thinking sociologically adds to our knowledge of the world around us. In this course, basic topics of sociology such as culture, socialization, media, family, education, social stratification, urbanization, social change are analyzed through different sociological perspectives. The course is accommodated to groups of students with different backgrounds and professional education. Class discussions on covered topics are encouraged and are valuable parts of this course.
BASIC STATISTICS-I

Course code

STAT105

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

5
This course aim to provide students elementary introduction to statistical reasoning, including sampling, elementary probability, statistical inference, and data analysis. Based on the first level of statistics in this course the aim is to prepare the students for more complex chapters such as hypothesis testing. Organizing data by frequency distributions and graphics, obtaining and interpreting descriptive statistics for the several distributions are the first step. Learning properties of normal distribution, transforming raw scores into standard scores, using standard scores in relation to norms of psychological tests constitute an important part of this course. Correlation and lineer regression analysis are the most basic analysis that will help students understanding the nature of statistical analysis.
TURKISH LANGUAGE

Course code

TREG100

Credit

0

Theoretical

2

Practical

0

Ects

2
This course examines basic areas of language and expression. In the first half of the course, the theoretical approach to language is formed and the spelling rules of the Turkish language are studied. In the latter part of the course, language and narrative errors are studied together with editing. In the second half of the course, formal writing, curriculum vitae, petition, evaluation of the columns in terms of language and style, types of written expression and practice; Turkish production and application of shooting attachments; Turkish grammar structure; It is aimed to teaching subjects like phonetics of Turkish to students.
TURKISH

Course code

TURK100

Credit

0

Theoretical

2

Practical

0

Ects

2
This course provides an orientation to modern Turkish language for foreign students who wish to communicate in this language for their needs. It mainly focuses on the differences between Turkish and English Alphabets, especially the sounds and the letters which are not included in the English alphabet (i.e. Turkish letters ç-ğ-i-ö-ş-ü). In addition, basic grammar and sentence structure forms in Turkish are practised. The required grammar and vocabulary will also be developed through their adaptation to daily situations in contexts such as introducing yourselves, greeting, talking about the things they possess by using possessive adjectives, forming positive, negative and question sentences by using present simple, telling the time, talking about their own timetables, using demonstrative pronouns when describing the place of objects and becoming familiar with vocabulary related to family members.
Second Semester
BIOLOGY-II

Course code

BIOL108

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

5
The course is a continuation of BIYO103 and starts with a short description of the systems in the human body. The course deals with the neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neurochemistry of the central nervous system and specifically the brain. The students are provided with a body of knowledge on how the organismal biology operates and how it is related to cellular/molecular biology. The coverage of the course includes understanding of homeostasis, the chemical foundations of life and their relationship towards psychopathology, the skeletal and the muscular systems. The course aims to provide a body of knowledge for operations of sensory mechanisms and their interactions with daily life of the human beings.
READING AND WRITING SKILLS-II

Course code

ENGL142

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

4
This course is the continuation of ENG 101. The course aims to improve students' listening, speaking, reading, writing and working skills. In the course, students are guided in writing compare and contrast essays using Venn diagram. In addition, the aim of the course is to learn the necessary conjunctions for composition writing. In addition, the students will be able to write a four-part critical composition by learning the difference between ideas and factual real sentences and how to write the opposing opinion and sentences used to refute it. Thus, the students will be able to distinguish between the compare and contrast essay and discursive essay. Students will also be able to make presentations by using presentation techniques. In addition, this course aims to summarize the reading pieces of the students and to use the strategies of reading and to draw conclusions and meanings using their reading skills.
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY

Course code

PHIL102

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

4
Philosophy is the attempt to answer the deepest and most fundamental questions about the universe, mind, society, art, etc., in brief, all aspects of the human life. The aim of this course is not only learn the ideas of the great philosophers of the history, but also explore how to improve critical and philosophical thinking skills. The course is designed to acquaint students with the concepts, methods, problems, and theories of different areas within philosophy. İn addition to these, the one of the main objective of the course is to provide an perspective of the philosophy's relation to other disciplines such as sociology, psychology, education, law, etc.
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY-II

Course code

PSYC102

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
This course is the continuation General Psychology I (PSY101). This course provides students with the fundamental skills, contemporary approaches, and explain development, personality, social psychology and psychological disorders by major theories which will be divided into separate but specific courses in the following years. This course is designed to improve students’ knowledge about psychological topics including language and thought, motivation and emotion, gender, individual differences, personality, social psychology, stress, health and coping, psychological disorders and treatment methods such as techniques of psychotherapy which would serve as a basis for more advanced topics to be taught in the subsequent years of study.
SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Course code

SOCY106

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
The aim of this course is to understand human cultural diversity and the origins of this diversity, as well as universal aspects of human societies. To understand humanity, it is necessary to compare human cultures both spatially and temporally. For these aims, the course begins with a definition and history of anthropology, continues with an introduction to the basic theories and research methods. The analysis of culture, language, kinship patterns, religion and mythology, gender, cultural evolution, social hierarchy and types of political power, race and ethnicity, occupies much of the course. Topics that are of great concern to modern societies such as globalization and its effects on cultural diversity and racism are explored with the anthropological perspective gained in the course.
BASIC STATISTICS-II

Course code

STAT106

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

5
The objective of this course is to improve the knowledge of students on Statistics by using the topics are learnt in STAT 105, Basic Statistics I. The students will learn constructing hypothesis and confidence intervals for population means. Besides, based on the first level of statistics in this course the aim is to teach the students more complex chapters such as hypothesis testing, assumptions of parametric tests, one sample T test, independent sample T Test, paired sample T test, Chi square analysis, One and two way Anova. Also, interpretations of test statistics and p-values are evaluated in the contens of the course. These chapters will provide an advantage to students to interpret their results in the research articles.
Third Semester
ADVANCED READING AND WRITING SKILLS-I

Course code

ENGL241

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

4
The objective of the course is to develop sophomore students’ academic reading and writing skills. First of all, the course aims to identify the distinct differences between a 3-paragraph and a 5-paragraph essay. Then students are in introduced to the format of a five-paragraph descriptive essay, which includes choosing a topic, making an outline by inserting the thesis statement, a topic sentence for each body paragraph along with the supporting sentences and a concluding paragraph. In terms of reading, students will learn previewing a reading text to predict what it will be about, identifying and outlining the main ideas, skimming and scanning a text to make predictions, reading and interpreting data in charts, graphs and tables. Students will acquire effective presentation techniques.
HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION

Course code

HIST100

Credit

0

Theoretical

2

Practical

0

Ects

2
The aim of this course is to outline the development of civilizations in the course of history. It firstly focuses on the concepts such as “Civilization”, “Prehistoric”, and “Historic” and on the factors forcing the emergence of the first civilizations. As well as examining the prehistoric periods and their characteristics in the course of human life since the first appearance of human beings on earth, the course mainly focuses on the early civilizations, namely the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Aegean, Classical Greek, Hellenistic, Indian, Chinese and Roman Civilizations. Political, social, economical, cultural, intellectual, philosophical and scientific aspects in these entities are also examined in this course.
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY-I

Course code

PSYC201

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
The course presents a historical overview of theories, principles, methods and research topics in social psychology. Topics to be covered include definition of social perception, attitudes and attitude formation, values and interpersonal attraction. Special emphasis is placed on the development of skills for a critical evaluation of information on social behavior and the impact of this behavior on daily life. The course provides examples for students that they can relate to their own daily life experiences which increase their understanding about the topics in particular and social psychology in general. The course provides students with an understanding of the basic concepts, procedures, social influence processes, interpersonal relations and attraction, helping and hurting others, groups and group processes, and applied social psychology.
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-I

Course code

PSYC203

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
The course includes an integrated account of various approaches to human development, emphasizing the relevant research findings and theoretical formulations. Special reference is made to psychomotor, cognitive, emotional, and social development from birth through adolescence. This course emphasizes the continuity of development from conception till death. Also to show how people influenced by their genes, their families and environment that they live in through the life span. The course explains the development which is systematic changes during the life span, describes significant changes in physical growth, mental abilities, emotional expression and social behavior and understands an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and contextual perspective of development.
RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY-I

Course code

PSYC205

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
The course aims to introduce the students with the basic concepts and strategies in conducting research in psychology. Developing a research question and hypothesis, ethic issues in research, measurement and measurement scales, aspects of behavioral measures, self-report measures, validity and reliability of measurement instruments, naturalistic observation, survey research, and sampling strategies are some of the topics to be covered. How to make a literature search on a research topic and how to investigate the articles that found are the other topics to be covered. Students will develop their knowledge and abilities to write a research proposal by the end of the term.
DATA ANALYSIS-I

Course code

STAT207

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

6
Data analysis I course provides the usage of SPSS which is a basic statistics programme for quantitative data analysis. The students will learn entrying data, composing data set, dealing with missing values, recoding variables into same and diffrent variables, calculating the total scores, analysing frequency, properties of normal distribution, investigating extreme values, obtaining graphs, calculating z-scores, correlation and simple regression analysis. Since this course is an application course, the students will learn to conduct these procedures in computer enviroment. Besides conducting several analysis in computer environment, the student will also learn how to read an SPSS output table, how to interpret findings and report the analysis results in accordance with APA style.
MODERN TURKISH HISTORY

Course code

TARH100

Credit

0

Theoretical

2

Practical

0

Ects

2
In this course, Ottoman state and society, factors causing the collapse of the state; Ottoman modernization; Tripoli and Balkan Wars, World War I, Mudros Armistice and Sevres Agreement; parties and associations, the national resistance movement led by Mustafa Kemal, the Havza and Amasya Circulars, the Congresses, the National Pact, the Turkish Grand National Assembly; the rebellions, the regular army and the War of Independence; the Mudanya Armistice, the Lausanne Peace Treaty; Revolution in the political field, secularization of the state and society, abolition of the sultanate, declaration of the republic, abolition of the caliphate; 1921 and 1924 constitutions, constitutional changes; Sheikh Said Rebellion; Multi-party experience, secularization and modernization in law, nationalization and secularization in education, Kemalizm and 6 principles, Turkish foreign policy(1923-1938) are covered.
Fourth Semester
ADVANCED READING AND WRITING SKILLS-II

Course code

ENGL242

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

4
The course is the continuation of ENG 201. First of all, the course aims to identify the distinct differences between a 3-paragraph opinion essay and a 5-paragraph argumentative essay. Then students are introduced to the format of a 5-paragraph argumentative essay, which includes choosing a topic, making an outline by inserting the thesis statement, a topic sentence for each body paragraph along with the supporting sentences, a counter-argument and a refutation, and a concluding paragraph. In terms of reading, students will learn how to draw conclusions by inferring information from a text, practice annotating and highlighting texts, how to recognize and analyse comparison and contrast in a text. Students will also acquire effective presentation techniques.
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-II

Course code

PSYC204

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

7
The course is a review of theory and research on psychological problems associated with the different periods of life including adolescence, early and late adulthood and old age. Topics such as family, parenthood, work environment and retirement are emphasized. The course covers language and education, memory and information processing, intelligence and creativity, self and personality, gender roles and sexuality, attachment and adaptation, aging process and developmental psychopathology. All these topics are explained through each developmental periods starting from infancy until the late adulthood. Developmental psychopathology covers general developmental disorders, abnormalities and maladaptive processes. Last developmental stage that covers aging also explained in general with all its basic, however crucial elements.
RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY-II

Course code

PSYC206

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
This course discusses the basic research strategies in psychology with special emphasis on experimentation. Statistical background of hypothesis testing, correlational and experimental research, causation, between- and within-groups designs, factorial experiments, internal and external validity, quasi-experimental research, and data analyses strategies are basic issues to be discussed in the course. Special emphasis is placed on advantages and disadvantages of design types. By the end of the term, students have the knowledge about specifying the design that is suitable for the research aims, collecting data, selecting the statistical analysis and reporting the results. The group study assignments ensures students about applying their knowledge, studying together and sharing responsibilities.
AREA ELECTIVE

Course code

PSYCXX1

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
DATA ANALYSIS-II

Course code

STAT208

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

5
This course is the continuation of STAT207 where students established the necessary preliminary foundation on anayzing several type of psychological research problems. Students will learn how to generate research questions, decide the type of analysis for certain type of research problems and analyze data using SPSS and write the report of the results in APA style. Students will learn to use SPSS for several hypothesis testing problems such as the difference of two independent samples means, one sample t-tests, the difference of means of two related samples within the frame of several subfield of psychology. Hypothesis testing for the difference of means of more than two samples, One-way ANOVA, two-way ANOVA and Ki-square will be studied with using SPSS.
Fifth Semester
PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

Course code

PSYC301

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
The study of psychopathology is a search for why people behave, think, and feel in unexpected sometimes bizarre and typically self-defeating ways. The objective of the course is to review the historical origins of mental and behavioral abnormalities or disorders in adult human beings. The handbook of psychology, the DSM-V will be the primary source used to explore the vast range of psychological disorders. Diagnostic approaches, causality, current empirical findings, conceptual models and/or influential theoretical trends are to be covered and discussed, with respect to selected psychopathological disorders. Behavioral, cognitive, sociocultural, genetic, and neuro-scientific aspects are the subject of emphasis as well as prevention, intervention, assessment, etiology, prognosis and symptom management of abnormal behavior.
EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Course code

PSYC305

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
The course discusses the process by which psychology became experimental, presents the basic approaches, principles and techniques of the experimental methodology in reference to psychological phenomena. Assumptions that lie under positive sciences, causality, criterions and aims of science, types of scientific articles and its sections, measurement via neuropsychological tests, variance, control techniques of confounding variables, correlational and experimental designs are basic issues to be discussed. Examples of basic experimental studies applied in the psychology, their designs, and the procedures of generating experimental research and a scientific article are discussed. Evaluation and interpretation of the experimental studies and scientific articles with a critical perspective are provided.
ETHICS IN PSYCHOLOGY

Course code

PSYC307

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
This course deals with the universal ethical codes, rules and guidelines that pertain to research in psychology and to applications in the clinical centers, educational institutions, in business and industry. Also introduce students to situations where psychologists are likely to make ethical decisions, and provide the necessary skills to search and find the guidelines related to the issues. Ethical rules and guidelines that are considered in the publication process are explained. Students are equipped with the necessary skills for an ethical approach to research, field applications and publications. This will be achieved by reading about set guidelines by the APA, discussing previous examples from the literature, and conducting in-class discussions of how else these examples could have been resolved, based on the set guidelines.
PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY

Course code

PSYC309

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
The course presents the neuroanatomical, psychopharmacological and physiological bases of behavior. Research methods are presented followed by the empirical findings and principles on the organismic bases of psychological processes such as sensation, perception, learning and memory, consciousness and selected neuropsychiatric disorders. The specific approach of physiological psychology, where the independent variable is an organismic factor, is emphasized in order to explain the usage of the mainly infra-human research subjects in the area. The course aims to provide students with detailed information on the physiology of the nervous system (the neuron, nerve impulse and synapse interactions), neuroanatomy of the brain and behavioral consequences of damage to the physiological systems.
AREA ELECTIVE

Course code

PSYCXX2

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

6
Sixth Semester
PERSONALITY

Course code

PSYC302

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
The course focuses on how personality develops, how it is shaped, and the factors that are involved in making us who we are. When looking at the historical accounts of where and how the first concepts of personality emerged, it is possible to see that these ideas of characters extends back to Ancient Greece and the Greek philosophers. In addition, the role cultural factors such as religion, cultural teachings, as well as experience and genetics will be examined with regards to their influence on the development and shaping of personality. Theories of personality including the psychoanalytic, neo-analytic, biological aspects, cognitive aspects, behavioral approaches, and trait theory will be introduced and critically analyzed.
INDUSTRIAL PSYCHOLOGY

Course code

PSYC304

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

5
Work holds an important role in the daily lives of people everywhere and represents a unique domain of psychological experience. This course is designed to introduce students to the major areas relevant to the behavior of people at work from the time they enter the labor force until retirement. This course focuses both on building an understanding of the psychological bases of work behavior and the organizational practices used to create a good fit between employees and work’s demands. The course will cover a number of topics including personnel selection, placement, training, work motivation, job satisfaction, leadership, teamwork, and work-family balance.
COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

Course code

PSYC306

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
The course deals with mental processes such as sensation, perception, learning and memory, linguistic functions, higher mental processes such as reasoning and abstraction and executive functions. Processes are discussed at the behavioral level within a framework of information processing. Practical applications at everyday living, education and working environments are discussed. The course aims to provide the students with a brief introduction towards carrying out mental processes; how perceptual information enters the mind, how attention is used to select from the array of available incoming sensory information, how knowledge is organized in memory, how new information is added to memory, how information is retrieved from memory, and how information is conveyed to others through language.
NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

Course code

PSYC308

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

7
This course is an in-depth study of the brain based on basic neuro-anatomy such as major lobes, structures, fibers, connections and the nervous system in relation to behavior and mental process. Course treats the historical background and the philosophical formulations pertaining to neuropsychology during the developmental part of it. Students gain basic concepts and theoretical approaches in graduate level and gain skills in interpreting physiological basis of behavioral & cognitive functions. It introduces the methods and techniques of neuropsychology with special emphasis on brain scanning methods and neuropsychological tests. The effects of disease, disorders and brain lesions on mental and behavioral processes are discussed within the context of clinical neuropsychology by relating with brain structures and neuropsychological tests.
AREA ELECTIVE

Course code

PSYCXX3

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
Seventh Semester
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

Course code

PSYC401

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
The course covers a general overview of the definition of the field of clinical psychology; the educative and ethical issues in the field; who is the clinical psychologist and what are the academic and practical obligations of the profession; the role and status of a clinical psychologist in the course of diagnosing assessing and treating clients within the boundaries of team work or individual practice. The professional identity of a clinical psychologist, the working areas or units (clinics, universities, hospitals, private practice, community centers etc.) are to be emphasized and defined as well, to clarify the discriminative characteristics of the profession by itself.
HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY

Course code

PSYC403

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
This course is designed to present theoretical formulations and empirical findings on the bio-psychosocial factors associated with health and well-being. The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the adaptive behavioral changes that enhance acquisition and maintenance of health, facilitate prevention of disease and disorders. Emphasis is placed on the role of psychosocial factors and of specifically stress on health and well-being. Multicultural and multidisciplinary aspects of health psychology are discussed. In addition, health inequalities, health disparities, perceptions in health and illness, how the body reacts during illness, various anatomical systems, pain and symptom perception and interpretation, and quality of life are among topics that will be discussed in detail.
AREA ELECTIVE

Course code

PSYCXX4

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
UNIVERSITY ELECTIVE

Course code

UNIEXX1

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

4
UNIVERSITY ELECTIVE
UNIVERSITY ELECTIVE

Course code

UNIEXX2

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

4
UNIVERSITY ELECTIVE
Eighth Semester
INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOTHERAPEUTICAL TECHNIQUES

Course code

PSYC408

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

10
The course introduces a number of psychotherapy techniques with their theoretical background in a historical order. Starting with the basic and classical techniques such as Humanistic psychotherapies, Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Psychotherapies, Gestalt therapy, Behavioral therapies, Cognitive Behavioral therapies, Solutions Focused therapies and various other techniques that are currently used and are found to be promising in the treatment of many disorders will be reviewed. In addition to therapeutic foundations, the most commonly used eclectic approaches will also be discussed. Since the process of psychotherapy is one of the main clinical functions of clinical psychologists, the link between intervention/ therapy as a whole are to be discussed and studied in combination.
AREA ELECTIVE

Course code

PSYCXX5

Credit

3

Theoretical

2

Practical

2

Ects

6
AREA ELECTIVE

Course code

PSYCXX6

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
UNIVERSITY ELECTIVE

Course code

UNIEXX3

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

4
UNIVERSITY ELECTIVE

Course code

UNIEXX4

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

5
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Optional modules

STRESS MANAGEMENT AND COPING

Course code

PSYC215

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
Stress management and coping strategies have become one of the most important research and implementation areas within the scope of health psychology in recent years. Issues such as effects of stress on psychological and physical health and its relationship with psychopathology indicate the importance of stress in an individual's life and the likelihood of having negative consequences if stress is not managed effectively.
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

Course code

PSYC324

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
This course is the continuation of PSY301, adult psychopathology. The objective of the course is to review the historical origins of mental and behavioral abnormalities or disorders in adult human beings. Diagnostic approaches, causality, current empirical findings, conceptual models and/or influential theoretical trends are to be covered and discussed, with respect to selected psychopathological disorders. Behavioral, cognitive, sociocultural, and genetic and neuro-scientific aspects are the subject of emphasis as well as prevention, intervention, assessment, etiology, prognosis and symptom management of abnormal behavior. The handbook of psychology, the DSM-V will be the primary source used to explore the vast range of psychological disorders.
CROSS-CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY

Course code

PSYC214

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
The course presents the effect of culture on the way individuals deal with the challenges of life, the psychological reactions, behavior and cognitive structures including scripts and schema. The course provides the students with the skills and know-how that are necessary to conduct research in different cultures and on different ethnic groups. The objective of the course is to examine cultural differences and similarities in basic psychological constructs such as attachment in the family, socialization of gender roles, identity development, individualism and collectivism, and emotional expressiveness. The course aims to teach students to understand and describe from a cross-cultural psychology perspective: social perceptions, social influences, and social relations.
OBSERVATION AND INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES-I

Course code

PSYC419

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
This course covers the main and basic observational and interviewing principles and rules of operation, aiming to have a generalized usage on various grounds and areas besides the field of psychology. The principles, rules and techniques of observation and interview being the vital elements of human social interaction and communication. They are to be emphasized from an educative and learning as well as clinical and socio-psychological perspectives, which will address to the benefits of students in their daily life in the society. Working through on such issues brings along the issues of development of a working and healthy enduring relationships with others both socially and professionally as psychologists.
TRAUMA PSYCHOLOGY

Course code

PSYC409

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
Trauma psychology provides a comprehensive exploration of the field of psychological trauma. In today’s world, experiencing some form of trauma appears to be inevitable as the topic of trauma is widely covered in the media. Various frameworks explaining trauma are introduced: cognitive, neurobiological, clinical, and socio-cultural frameworks. The nature of trauma (such as sexual abuse, combat, and natural disasters), how trauma affects individuals and systems, grief reactions, and traumatic stress are discussed. In addition, students will be able to identify different types of traumas and the psychological components associated with it. Finally, alternative models of coping will also be discussed.
INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN SEXUALITY

Course code

PSYC325

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
In this course, students will learn about how research on human sexuality is conducted and become familiar with some of the key historical figures in the field. Students will learn about sexual anatomy, the stages of the human sexual response cycle, what enhances and inhibits each of these stages from both a psychological (e.g.relationships, mood, past experiences) and physiological (e.g.hormones, neurology) perspective. Different sexual problems, clinically diagnosable, and their treatment will also be examined. The goal of this class is to provide students with a broad overview of how humans function sexually. In addition, topics such as pregnancy, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, and sexual orientation will also be covered.
SELECTED TOPICS IN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Course code

PSYC413

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
Literature search about experimental psychology is done in this course. The course introduces and discusses new developments and current trends in experimental psychology. This course specifically places emphasis on the application areas of experimental psychology. The new techniques and technology on measuring the behavior are discussed in detailed and the current literature is examined in detail. The most current and cutting-edge research involving the latest techniques are presented, examined, critiqued, and discussed. While the field of experimental psychology is extensively wide, the course is based on topics of interested associated with students’ area of research. When possible, students will be able to carry out specific experiments related with their area of interest.
SELECTED TOPICS IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Course code

PSYC414

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
The course introduces and discusses new developments and current trends in developmental psychology. It is an elective course of developmental psychology so in this course mainly important and crucial topics in developmental psychology are discussed based on the results of recent research studies and findings presented in the journal articles. Developmental psychology has an important research ground, however students who are interested in getting higher education in developmental psychology would find this elective course effective, since this elective course has a great focus on recent research studies within the field. Analysis of articles and following the recent research studies will provide a critical thinking ability to the students.
NEUROPSCYHOCOLOGICAL TESTS

Course code

PSYC410

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
Neuropsychological tests that basic studies use are introduced, the related brain areas are discussed in this course. It provides knowledge about the connection of the specific brain structures and their behavioral and mental outcomes which can be measured and observed by neuropsychological tests. Students will be able to gain the foundational knowledge required to build up the relationship between the previous information about functions of structures with test results. Thus, the differential contributions of the neuropsychological tests to understanding psychological phenomena are explained by several case studies and neuropsychological test examples. Students learn to basic knowledge, scoring and evaluation of a standardized neuropsychological test. They have the opportunity to discuss in classroom for each neuropsychological test and they should submit a simple project about them at the end of the semester.
CHILD PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

Course code

PSYC312

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
The course reviews the predisposing factors that may occur during the development from infancy to adolescence. Childhood and adolescent diagnostic groups that take place in the latest classification system are introduced. Current empirical findings and conceptual models and/or influential theories on selected psychopathological disorders are discussed. Course covers assessment approaches and methods of treatment. Behavioral, cognitive, sociocultural, and genetic and neuro-scientific aspects are the subject of emphasis as well as prevention, intervention, assessment, etiology, prognosis and symptom management of abnormal behavior. The handbook of psychology, the DSM-V will be the primary source used to explore the vast range of psychological disorders.
PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY

Course code

PSYC316

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
While psychotherapy has been proven to be effective as a treatment modality, the literature suggests that combination therapies entailing psychotherapy and pharmacology produce the most effective results for clients. Therefore, this knowledge base provides the foundation for having a course in psychopharmacology. The course starts with an introduction to different classes of psychoactive drugs, the biochemical mechanisms and transmitters by which the different drugs exert their influence and the brain areas where these effects takes place. Pharmacological, neurophysiological and behavioral research procedures are reviewed. The course discusses the effects of different classes of psychoactive drugs on cognitive processes and behavior. Sensitization, habituation, addiction, abuse and withdrawal symptoms are explained.
COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCES

Course code

PSYC405

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
The course introduces the multidisciplinary nature of the field and points out the many disciplines in cognitive neurosciences that extends between the technical branches (branches of engineering) and philosophy. The contributions of each of these fields to understanding psychological phenomena (cognitive, emotional, and behavioral) are pointed out. The benefits of the multi-technological approach are explained and demonstrated using research findings. This course further explores the cognitive and neural processes that support attention, vision, language, motor control, navigation, and memory. It introduces basic neuroanatomy, functional imaging techniques (in theory), and behavioral measures of cognition, and discusses methods by which inferences about the brain bases of cognition are made.
SCIENTIFIC METHOD AND CRITICAL THINKING

Course code

PHIL220

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

5
This course is an introductory course in philosophy of science, with a special emphasis on the scientific method. The course covers basic topics in philosophy of science such as scientific method, scientific explanation, causality, reduction and reductionism, natural laws, demarcation between science and pseudoscience, the relation between evidence and hypothesis, and scientific progress. The works of some important thinkers such as Carl Hempel, Karl Popper, Thomas Kuhn and Imre Lakatos are introduced. The course is also aimed at providing the students the necessary critical thinking skills. For this aim, some basic rules of formal logic, the distinction between deductive and inductive arguments, common cognitive biases and logical fallacies are also discussed.
TESTİNG AND ASSESSMENT

Course code

PSYC303

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
This course describes the basic concepts and principles related to psychological testing and which is a vital component of psychological assessment. We use Psychological Tests to make decisions about individuals. Tests are used in clinical, educational and vocational settings, with the aim of planning, selection, placement etc. Gaining a deep understanding of these issues is a professional and ethical responsibility for psychologists. Historical basis of testing, approaches and techniques involved in test development, standardization process, reliability, validity estimation methods are the main topics of the course. In addition, tools for measuring intelligence and personality along with assessment in clinical, counseling and educational settings are discussed. İnformation for developing a simple psychological scale will also be studied.
FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY

Course code

PSYC411

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
The course introduces the psychological view of the justice system and shows the application of psychological principles, approaches, methods and techniques to such areas as malingering, assessment of mental state for an insanity plea, competency to stand trial, prediction of violence, and evaluation of child custody in divorce, assessment of risk, personal injury and interpretation of polygraph data. In addition eyewitness testimony and the research associated with false memories and memory implantations will also be discussed. Although almost all of the literature is based on the traditional North American legal system, comparative legal systems from different countries and how they interact with psychological perspectives will also be examined as every country’s justice system functions differently.
CROSS-CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY

Course code

PSKO214

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
The course presents the effect of culture on the way individuals deal with the challenges of life, the psychological reactions, behavior and cognitive structures including scripts and schema. The course provides the students with the skills and know-how that are necessary to conduct research in different cultures and on different ethnic groups. The objective of the course is to examine cultural differences and similarities in basic psychological constructs such as attachment in the family, socialization of gender roles, identity development, individualism and collectivism, and emotional expressiveness. The course aims to teach students to understand and describe from a cross-cultural psychology perspective: social perceptions, social influences, and social relations.
HISTORY OF SCIENCE

Course code

PHIL230

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

5
Topics to be discussed in the course are: The human need to know and the differences between science and other forms of knowing, the emergence of science in ancient civilizations, scientific works of Plato, Aristotle, Eucleides, Archimedes and Ptolemy, science and philosophy in medieval Europe, science in Islamic Civilization, the scientific studies of Farabi and Avicenna, the effect of Islamic science on the West, scientific studies of Roger Bacon, Francis Bacon and Copernicus, science in Renaissance and Enlightenment, the intellectual foundations of the scientific revolution, the works of Kepler, Galileo and Newton, the birth of the first science societies in Europe, examples from 20th century science, developments in physical, biological and social sciences in the 20th and 21st century.
HISTORY OF MODERN CYPRUS

Course code

HIST220

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

4
The aim of this course is to help students develop skills to examine the recent past of Cyprus from a historical perspective since the Ottoman conquest, and know more the island. The formation of Muslim community, Orthodox Christians and other people of Cyprus: Armenians, Maronites, Jewish and the others, Orthodox Church; Ottoman Modernization: local advisory councils, the advent of Telegram, Nicosia Rüştiye (first modern secondary school), non-Muslims’ educational and cultural institutions, Quarantine, soldiering; British colonial rule and administrative institutions; cultural, social and economic transformation; The rise of Greek nationalism, Enosis, Turkish Cypriot nationalism; de-colonization and foundation of Republic of Cyprus, intercommunal conflicts, the foundation of TRNC, Cyprus Question, Intercommunal talks, Annan Plan and Referanda, are the main content of the course.
CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

Course code

TDED407

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

Introducing the development of Children's Literature in the world and Turkey and discuss how quality Children's Literature should be. Sources of Children's Literature. Style and content by age groups and how the appropriate book should be chosen and effectively used in education is explained. From early ages on, evaluating the effect of reading habits stemming from Children's Literature. Choosing works and selection criteria according to children's levels. Evaluation of Children's Literature products. Literary styles used in Children's Literature and their characteristics. The use of Folk Literature in Children's Literature, fairy tales, legends, nursery rhymes, etc. are examined and analyzed. Characteristics of children and teen theatre. Features that need to be in children's newspapers and magazines. Preparation of a children's magazine.
AESTHETICS

Course code

TDED317

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
This class covers the science of beauty and examines judgement processes regarding recognition where conceptual aspectes of aesthetics are analyzed. Since aesthetics is the science of beauty and the philosophy of arts, the socio-cultural structures of eras and societies have set forth the development of thought and application reflected in various artistic branches. In the development of aesthetic feelings, the function of literary works and its contributions are set forth methodologically. By applying aesthetic theories, the development of art and its connections with literary works are examined. Focusing on the relational benefits of art, information, reality, magic-religion, and lower/upper structure issues will be historically examined. Aesthetic theories in World and Turkish literature are also analyzed. Differences and connections between art theories and aesthetic mentalities are examined.
HISTORY OF THE TURKISH CULTURE

Course code

TDED312

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

This course aims to examine the place and importance of Turkish culture among world cultures and with a historical perspective, it will examine the changes and developments the Turkish culture has gone through. Within this framework, concepts focusing on culture and civilization will be examined. Then factors associated with the formation of the Turkish culture will be analyzed from a historical perspective. Differences between culture and civilization and approaches examining this differences will be followed by factors creating the Turkish culture with focus on language, writing, science, dress, art, religion, and other culture spreading tools. The course aims to examine cultural developments within the Turkish historical framwork from both an analytical and historical perspective.
SELECTED TOPICS IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Course code

PSKO414

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
The course introduces and discusses new developments and current trends in developmental psychology. It is an elective course of developmental psychology so in this course mainly important and crucial topics in developmental psychology are discussed based on the results of recent research studies and findings presented in the journal articles. Developmental psychology has an important research ground, however students who are interested in getting higher education in developmental psychology would find this elective course effective, since this elective course has a great focus on recent research studies within the field. Analysis of articles and following the recent research studies will provide a critical thinking ability to the students.
SCIENTIFIC METHOD AND CRITICAL THINKING

Course code

FELS220

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

LEARNING THEORIES IN PSYCHOLOGY

Course code

PSYC326

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

6
In this course, students will learn about the impact of learning processes within the field of psychology. The course aims to underlie the experimental principles of human and animal learning within the theoretical framework of applied behavior analysis and behavior modification. Moreover, students will learn about how research on human learning is conducted and become familier with some of the key historical figures in tne field. Students will further obtain knowledge about stages of learning, what enhances and inhibits each of these stages from social, psychological and biological perspectives. Another goal of this course is to provide students with a broad overwiev of how humans learn and how learning affects the behavior. Clinical diagnosis and treatment methods will also be studied.

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