The following courses are offered in English:
PSY 100 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
Psychology is the scientific study that aims to describe and explain human behavior. More specifically, the science of psychology investigates the thought processes, feelings and behaviors of human beings based on the interaction between biology and environment. The goal of this introductory course is to offer certain scientific answers to fundamental questions about the following subjects – Development, Learning, Perception, Memory, Thought, Language, Motivation, Emotions, Personality, Psychotherapy, and Social interaction. In addition, this course offers review and discussion of theories and methods in different areas of contemporary psychology, such as Biological, Developmental, Cognitive, School, Social, and Clinical psychology.
PSY 118 FUNDAMENTALS OF HUMAN SEXUALITY
The course aims to provide both theoretical and practical information based on recent research studies in the following subjects: sexual reproduction, sexual health and illness, familial and erotic factors of sexuality, as well as the effect of religion in the growth of sexuality of the individual. Finally, the more important aim of this course is the assist students in living a healthy sexual life and develop a critical stance towards erroneous, stereotypical and malicious information around issues of sexual health.
PSY 204 METHODOLOGY I: DESCRIPTIVE RESEARCH
This course provides the students with basic knowledge and skills that are related to descriptive research in general, with particular emphasis in the relevant studies conducted in psychology. Taking into consideration the philosophical and epistemological foundations of acquiring truth and reality, the students are introduced to the various research designs of psychological descriptive research. It is expected that the students will acquire the necessary skills that will allow them to critically evaluate the findings that are reported to be the product of scientific research. It is also expected that the students will acquire basic skills of designing and conducting psychological descriptive research.
PSY 331 BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE
The course will present current theories and research studies pertaining to brain plasticity and brain specialization. The effects of brain damage on neuronal networks as well as current theories on brain reorganization and repair during childhood and adulthood will be discussed. The effects of genetics, hormones, and metabolism in relationship to normal brain functioning as well during neuropathology, neurological, and behavioral disorders will be addressed.
PSY 706 NEUROPHYSIOLOGY
Human behavior results both from natural (biological) as well as exogenous (psycho-social) factors. This course will examine the basic structure, organization and function of the human nervous system particularly as these affect or modify behavior. We will specifically study the following topics: anatomy of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles; structure and function of neurons; the effect of neuro-transmitters, hormones, and other endocrinological factors. We will also examine the interactions of these biological systems and their effects on behavior. The neuro-physiological basis of specific behaviors such asleep, reproduction, memory, aggression, communication as well as mental disorders will be studied in detail. In addition we will review current research projects and findings that relate to the above.
PSY 710 ADVANCED SEMINAR IN PSYCHOLOGY
This course allows an in-depth review and analysis of research and issues on specific advanced topicsin the areas of cognitive, developmental, and educational psychology. Students will also be given the opportunity to pursue a research topic in greater depth.
PSY731 COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE: UNDERSTANDING THE BIOLOGY OF THE MIND
Cognitive neuroscience is the study of the biological underpinnings of the mind. This course will be an introduction to the field and will cover a range of techniques/methods as well as demonstrate applications of those techniques to a wide array of cognitive, social, emotional, and developmental processes. Aside from summarizing key research and methods in the field, the course will aim to sharpen student's ability to think critically about topics in the field so they can apply such skills in their own research.