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COURSE UNIT TITLECOURSE UNIT CODESEMESTERTHEORY + PRACTICE (Hour)ECTS
PSYCHOLOGY OF TERROR AND TERRORISM PSK431 --------------- 3 + 0 4

TYPE OF COURSE UNITElective Course
LEVEL OF COURSE UNITBachelor's Degree
YEAR OF STUDY-
SEMESTER---------------
NUMBER OF ECTS CREDITS ALLOCATED4
NAME OF LECTURER(S)-
LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE COURSE UNIT At the end of this course, the students;
1) Will learn historical progress of and classification of terrorism.
2) Will learn different aspects of various scientific disciplines on terrorism and compare these different perspectives.
3) Will learn psychological approaches (e.g., social identity theory, terror management theory, frustration-aggression hypothesis, evolutionary perspective) which help to explain the causes of terrorism.
4) Will have psychological knowledge to produce solutions for overcoming terrorism.
MODE OF DELIVERYFace to face
PRE-REQUISITES OF THE COURSENo
RECOMMENDED OPTIONAL PROGRAMME COMPONENTNone
COURSE CONTENTS
WEEKTOPICS
1st Week Introduction and Overview of the Course
2nd Week Definitions of and Classifications of Terrorism
3rd Week Definitions of and Classifications of Terrorism (continued)
4th Week Interdisciplinary Nature of Terrorism
5th Week Psychological Perspectives on Terrorism
6th Week Psychological Perspectives on Terrorism (continued)
7th Week Psychological Perspectives on Terrorism (continued)
8th Week Mid-term and Terror Management Theory and Terrorism
9th Week Terrorists' Personality and Motivation
10th Week Lay Theories of Terrorism and Terrorist
11th Week Risks of Terrorism
12th Week Manners of Treating the Terrorists
13th Week How Can Terrorism Be Overcome?
14th Week General Evaluation
RECOMENDED OR REQUIRED READINGBaumeister, R. F. (Ed.). (1999). The self in social psychology. Levittown, PA: Psychology Press.
Smelser, N. J., & Mitchell, F. (Ed.). (2002). Terrorism: Perspectives from the behavioral and social sciences. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
Pyszczynski, T., Solomon, S., & Greenberg, J. (2003). In the wake of 9/11: The psychology of terror. New York: American Psychological Association.
PLANNED LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODSLecture,Discussion
ASSESSMENT METHODS AND CRITERIA
 QuantityPercentage(%)
Mid-term120
Assignment120
Quiz1040
Total(%)80
Contribution of In-term Studies to Overall Grade(%)80
Contribution of Final Examination to Overall Grade(%)20
Total(%)100
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTIONTurkish
WORK PLACEMENT(S)No
  

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