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
This course will focus on evolutionary bases of human behavior and thought.
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
• The origins of homo sapiens • Basic concepts of evolutionary theory (natural selection, sexual selection, adaptation, intrasexual competition, survival, reproductive success etc.) • Evolved psychological mechanisms • The problem of ancestral environment • Inclusive fitness theory • Parental investment and mating • Mating preferences of men and women • Short term and long term mating strategies • Jealousy
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
0Introducing the course contents Introducing the course contents and materials
1The origins of modern humanReading Buss (2009) pp. 20-24
2Watching documentary film BBC documentary “Walking with cave-men”
3Basic 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
4Evidences for natural selection theoryReading Gaulin & McBurney (2001) pp. 35-38
5Evolved psychological mechanismsReading Buss (2009) pp. 36-59
6The 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
7Parental investment and matingReading Buss (2009) sf. 107-109 Gaulin & McBurney (2001) sf.30-35
8Long term mating preferences of womenReading Buss (2009) pp. 106-139
9Long term mating preferences of menReading Buss (2009) pp. 139-171
10Midterm
11Short term mating preferences of womenReading Buss (2009) pp. 183-195
12Short term mating preferences of menReading Buss (2009) pp. 171-183
13Jealousy and sex differences in jealousyReading Buss (2009) pp. 322-352 Yımaz (2008)
14Mate retention and competitor derogation tacticsReading Buss (2009) pp. 342-349 Buss & Deden (1990) Buss (1988) Sütçübaşı (2009)
15Final 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
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
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End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
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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
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
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* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
 
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