Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
707002452012INTRODUCTION TO EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGYElective232
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
Name of Lecturer(s)
İbrahim Mert Teközel
Learning Outcomes
11. Gaining advanced academic knowledge about evolutionary theory
22. Gaining advanced knowledge about evolutionary bases of human mind and behavior
33. Considering human behavior in multidisciplinary (biology, anthropology, social/cognitive psychology etc.) manner
44. Understanding evolutionary bases of human mating and sex specific characteristics
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
• Basic concepts of evolutionary theory (natural selection, sexual selection, adaptation, intrasexual competition, survival, reproductive success etc.) • Evolved psychological mechanisms • Mating preferences of men and women • Short term and long term mating strategies • Romantic jealousy • Sex differences in romantic jealousy • Mate retention tactics • Error management theory • Error management in mating, competition and jealousy
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Introducing the course contents Introducing the course contents and materials
2The origins of modern humanReading Buss (2009) pp. 20-24
3Watching documentary film BBC documentary “Walking with cave-men”
4Basic concepts of evolutionary theory (natural selection, sexual selection, adaptation, intrasexual competition, survival, reproductive success etc.)Reading Buss (2009) pp. 3-18 Gaulin & McBurney (2001) pp. 19-35
5Evidences for natural selection theoryReading Gaulin & McBurney (2001) pp. 35-38
6Evolved psychological mechanismsReading Buss (2009) pp. 36-59
7The problem of ancestral environment Inclusive fitness theory Reading Gaulin & McBurney (2001) sf.88-90 Gaulin & McBurney (2001) sf.69-73 Buss (2009) sf. 13-14
8Parental investment and matingReading Buss (2009) sf. 107-109 Gaulin & McBurney (2001) sf.30-35
9Long term mating preferences of womenReading Buss (2009) pp. 106-139
10Long term mating preferences of menReading Buss (2009) pp. 139-171
11Midterm
12Short term mating preferences of womenReading Buss (2009) pp. 183-195
13Short term mating preferences of menReading Buss (2009) pp. 171-183
14Jealousy and sex differences in jealousyReading Buss (2009) pp. 322-352 Yımaz (2008)
15Mate retention and competitor derogation tacticsReading Buss (2009) pp. 342-349 Buss & Deden (1990) Buss (1988) Sütçübaşı (2009)
16Final Exam
Recommended or Required Reading
• Buss, D. M. (2009). Evolutionary psychology: The new science of the mind. Boston: Pearson. • Gaulin, S. J. C., McBurney, D. H. (2001). Psychology: An evolutionary approach. NJ: Prentice Hall. • Buss, D. M., Dedden, L. A., (1990). Derogation of Competitors. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 7, 395-422. • Buss, D. M. (1988). From Vigilance to Violence: Tactics of Mate Retention in American Undergraduates. Ethology & Sociobiology, 9, 291-317. • Sütçübaşı, B. (2009). Kıskançlık olgusunun rakibin özellikleri açısından incelenmesi. Yayınlanmamış lisans tezi. Izmir: Ege Üniversitesi • Yımaz, A. (2008). Sosyal karşılaştırma enformasyonunun evrimsel değerinin incelenmesi: Kıskançlıkta rekabet. Yayınlanmamış lisans tezi. Izmir: Ege Üniversitesi • Solak, Ç. (2010). Romantik kıskançlık olgusunun evrimsel yaklaşımla incelenmesi. Yayınlanmamış lisans tezi. Izmir: Ege Üniversitesi • Teközel, M. (2011). Evrimsel psikoloji açısından cinsiyet-içi rekabet ve kıskançlık. Bilim ve Ütopya 209, 13-20.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Assessment Methods and Criteria
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Language of Instruction
Turkish
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Individual Study for Mid term Examination13333
Individual Study for Final Examination13333
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)70
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