Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
707003672016EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGYElective355
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The aim of this course to discuss evolutionary bases of human mind and behavior with special focus on natural and sexual selection pressures on behavior. Basic evolved psychological mechanisms will also be introduced.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Doç. Dr. İ. Mert Teközel
Learning Outcomes
1Gaining advanced academic knowledge about evolutionary theory
2Gaining advanced knowledge about evolutionary bases of human mind and behavior
3Considering human behavior in multidisciplinary (biology, anthropology, social/cognitive psychology etc.) manner
4Understanding evolutionary bases of human mating and sex specific characteristics
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Basic concepts of evolutionary theory (natural selection, sexual selection, adaptation, gender competition, survival, reproductive success, etc.), Evolved psychological mechanisms, Matching preferences in male and female, Short and long term matching strategies, Jealousy, Spousal retention tactics, The theory of error management, the origin of altruism and morality
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Introducing the course contents Introducing the course contents and materials
2The origins of modern human Reading 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 theory Reading Gaulin & McBurney (2001) pp. 35-38
6Evolved psychological mechanisms Reading 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 mating Reading Buss (2009) sf. 107-109 Gaulin & McBurney (2001) sf.30-35
9Midterm exam
10Long term mating preferences of women Reading Buss (2009) pp. 106-139
11Long term mating preferences of men Reading Buss (2009) pp. 139-171
12Short term mating preferences of women Reading Buss (2009) pp. 183-195
13Short term mating preferences of men Reading Buss (2009) pp. 171-183
14Jealousy and sex differences in jealousy Reading Buss (2009) pp. 322-352 Yımaz (2008)
15Mate retention and competitor derogation tactics Reading Buss (2009) pp. 342-349 Buss & Deden (1990) Buss (1988) Sütçübaşı (2009)
Recommended or Required Reading
• Buss, D.M. (2013). Evolutionary psychology: The new science of the mind, 4th Edition. Pearson Ed.Ltd. • Buss, D.M. (Ed.)(2005). The handbook of evolutionary psychology. New York: Wiley • Gaulin, S. J. C., McBurney, D. H. (2001). Psychology: An evolutionary approach. NJ: Prentice Hall. • Buss, D. M. (1988). From Vigilance to Violence: Tactics of Mate Retention in American Undergraduates. Ethology & Sociobiology, 9, 291-317. • Teközel, M. (2011). Evrimsel psikoloji açısından cinsiyet-içi rekabet ve kıskançlık. Bilim ve Ütopya 209, 13-20. • Evans, D. & Zarete, O. (2004). Evrimsel psikolojiye giriş (çev. H. Çetinkaya). Ankara: Türk Psikologlar Derneği Yayınları. • Diamond, J. (1998). Seks neden keyiflidir? İnsanın cinsel evrimi. İstanbul: Varlık/Bilim • Miller, G. (2000). The mating mind. New York: Doubleday
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
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
Attending Lectures14342
Self Study14228
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11818
Individual Study for Final Examination13030
Reading14228
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)150
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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