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In this course, you will encounter a range of psychological, biological, and socio-cultural perspectives on psychopathy. This course will encourage you to think critically about the origins of psychopathy, how certain psychopathic traits may be considered useful for success in business and politics, and how TV series such as 'Game of Thrones' and 'Dexter' have contributed to the popularity of fictional psychopaths.
In this course, you will learn about some of the most influential sociological and psychological theories of identity, including those of Erikson; Marcia; and Tajfel and Turner. You will also look at criticisms and limitations of these, including those from a feminist and a gender perspective. Throughout the semester, you will be required to evaluate the validity of authors’ claims and will be expected to produce (oral and written) counter arguments and differing perspectives to those presented in the readings.
I have been teaching English since 2001 and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) since 2007. I hold a BA (Hons.) in Modern Languages (German and Spanish) and my postgraduate qualifications include a Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA) and a Masters Degree in Applied Linguistics; both awarded in 2012. My MA dissertation was socio-linguistic in nature and focused on the use of pejorative and defamatory language aimed at women and whether the impact of such language use was lessened through the context of song lyrics.
I have been an instructor in the Faculty of Academic English (FAE) Program at Bilkent since 2015 and have designed and taught courses including: ENG 101 (Psychopathy); ENG 102 (Identity) and ENG 117/118 (advanced grammatical structures in English language). My research interests include pragmatics, socio-functional linguistics (SFL) as well as any aspect of second language acquisition (SLA), with a particular focus on bilingualism.