Structure of Program of
As part of the Faculty of Social Sciences, the department offers a Program of Studies in psychology leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc). The average length of time required for the completion of studies is four academic years or eight semesters. Courses offered are on a semester basis with each year comprising of two (thirteen week), Fall and Spring semesters. Courses are categorised into required and elective courses.
Courses are delivered in the form of Lectures, Seminars and Laboratories:
Lectures provide students with general knowledge in a particular area within psychology, are open to all students, and carry three credit units.
Seminars are open to 3rd and 4th year students (depending on prerequisites), with a maximum number of twenty-five students per class. Students are directed to in depth research and study of particular topic and a well-defined subject area. Seminars involve class presentations and preparation of term papers on a given topic at the end of the semester. Seminar titles may change to meet the developing interests of study areas and carry three credit units.
Laboratories bear similar characteristics to seminars (described above) and in addition they have a practical and experimental character. Laboratory titles may change to meet the developing interests of study areas and carry three credit units.
Foreign Language Instruction. English is currently the only foreign language offered in the Department of Psychology. A Placement Test is required to determine level of English. There are a total of five courses; two in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and three in English for Specific Purposes (ESP). All Courses focus on specific psychological areas and carry three credit units. In addition, an optional course in Advanced English is also offered. Students can take courses in French, German or Italian offered by other Departments within the University.
Internship. In their final year of studies, students are required to complete 200 hours of internship during both semesters in any area of applied Psychology. The Internship is carried out in various institutions that collaborate with the Department, where applied psychology is practiced e.g. counselling centres, health facilities, psychiatric institutions, research centres, work centres, schools and hospitals. Students, who wish to do their internship, must have completed the following prerequisite courses:
• General Psychology I: Perception, Memory & Learning, Social Psychology III: Applied Social Psychology, Methodology of Scientific Research I.
• Theories of Personality, Adult Psychopathology I, Psychometrics I.
• Educational Psychology I, II & III, Developmental Psychology I & II, any Seminar in Educational Psychology.
Undergraduate Thesis, senior year students are required to write a thesis on a specific topic, under the supervision and guidance of a teaching staff member, serving as an advisor. The thesis must demonstrate the student's theoretical, methodological and research abilities on a particular topic.
To receive their degree, students must successfully complete 50 courses, of which, 32 are required (including foreign language: English). Of the remaining elective courses three must be seminars and three laboratories. Most courses are three hours in duration per week. The Department follows the European Community Course Credit Transfer System (ECTS).