COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


CLICK HERE FOR THE COURSE SYLLABUS

Course Name
Language and Thought
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSY 418
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
6
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives To acquire an understanding about language and its relationship to mental states in general and psychological states in particular. Psychology is the branch of science having close connections to philosophy of language. This course aims at developing a framework in which students can conceptualize psychological experience in terms of language.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • be acquainted with the tenets of language and thought relationship
  • be able to understand the philosophy of language
  • be able to develop an understanding of cognitive basis of language and thought
  • be able to evaluate the relationship between language and thought from interdisciplinary perspectives
Course Content The course consists of views on language and thought from a variety of disciplines such as philosophy, linguistics, cognitive psychology and neuroscience

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
X
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Language and thought Introduction: Opening up options in Language and Thought Interdisciplinary Themes. (2003) Carruthers, P & Boucher, J. (Eds)
2 Language and thought Thinking Through Language Bloom, P & Keil, F.C. (2001). Mind and Language, 16:4, 351-367
3 The Origin of Speech Charles Hockett (1960)
4 Evolutionary perspectives to language Stein, J. F. (2003). Why did language develop? International Congress Series, 1254: 207-213
5 Theories on language and thought Pinker, S. (2003). In S. Kirby & M. Christiansen (Eds.), Language evolution: States of the Art (pp. 16-37) New York, Oxford University Press.
6 Theories on language and thought Harris,R. & Taylor, T.T. (1997) Landmarks in Linguistic Thought I: The Western Tradition From Socrates to Saussure. Routledge, U.K. Chapter 13 : Humboldt on Linguistic and Mental Diversity
7 Midterm Review - Handouts
8 Theories on language and thought Harris,R. & Taylor, T.T. (1997) Landmarks in Linguistic Thought I: The Western Tradition From Socrates to Saussure. Routledge, U.K. Chapter 16: Saussure on Language and Thought
9 Theories on language and thought Joseph, J.E., Love, .N & Taylor, T.T. (2001) Landmarks in Linguistic Thought II: Routledge, U.K. Chapter 4: Whorf on Language and Thought
10 Theories on language and thought Chomsky, N. (2002) New Horizons in the Study of Language and Mind, Cambridge Uni. Press. U.K. Chapter 4: Naturalism and Dualism in the Study of Language and Mind
11 Emotions and thought Clore, G., L. & Huntsinger, J. R. (2007). How emotions inform judgment and regulate thought.Trends in Cognitive Science, 11(9): 393–399.
12 Language pathologies & thought Siegal,M., Varley, R and Want,S.C. (2001). Mind over grammar: reasoning in aphasia and development. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 5 (7): 296-301.
13 Bilingualism and thought Pavlenko, A. (2011) Thinking and Speaking in Two Languages
14 Review of the semester
15 Final
16 Review of the Semester  
Course Textbooks Book chapters outlined above, selected articles and ppt presentations.
References Scientific articles on language and thought

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
10
Presentation / Jury
1
30
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
30
Final / Oral Exam
1
30
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
3
70
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
1
30
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
10
5
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
10
Presentation / Jury
1
20
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
10
Final / Oral Exam
1
15
    Total
153

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to assess psychological concepts and perspectives, interpret and evaluate data using scientific methods X
2 To be able to develop a curiosity and interest towards the mind and its phenomena, to possess a sense of critical and scientific reflexion and ability to analyze new information. X
3 Ability to make use of theoretical and applied knowledge in local and global levels. X
4 To have a basic knowledge of other disciplines that can contribute to psychology and to be able to make use of this knowledge X
5 To possess and value societal, scientific and ethical principles in collecting, interpreting and publishing psychological data X
6 To have knowledge of how psychology is positioned as a scientific discipline from a historical perspective, and to know with what methods it views behavioural and mental processes X
7 To be able to distinguish between the emphases of fundamental theories and perspectives of psychology (behavioural, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, social, developmental, humanistic, psychodynamic and sociocultural) and compare and express their differences and similarities, contributions and limitations X
8 The competence to share psychological knowledge based and qualitative and quantitative data with experts and lay people, using effective communication skills X
9 To have the awareness of interpersonal and societal problems and phenomena and adopt this awareness in psychological problems and researches. X
10 Competence to make use of applied and theoretical psychological knowledge to make contributions to industrial development and provide solutions to problems X
11 To possess essential knowledge of techniques and instrumentation for psychological measurement and evaluation X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest