Subject details

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  • Describe significant figures, events, and ideas in the history of psychology;
  • Interpret the significance of these figures/events/ideas with respect to their context;
  • Identify the impact of these figures/events/ideas on evolution of psychology as a discipline;
  • Critically evaluate the philosophical, social, and scientific basis for psychological concepts and methods;
  • Synthesise arguments concerning psychological opinion, theory, and practice.
    • The nature and limits of psychology
    • Philosophical and physiological precursors to psychology
    • The emergence of modern scientific psychology
    • Big theories and movements in psychology, such as: psychoanalysis/psychodynamic, Gestalt, behaviorist, humanistic, cognitive, cognitive neuroscience
    • Philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and psychology as a science
    • Psychological theory and methods
    • Philosophical, scientific, social aspects of issues in psychology, e.g., mental illness, therapy, gender, sex, culture, consciousness
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Blog
      • Chat Rooms
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • E-Portfolios
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
      • Wikis
    • Online materials

      • Printable format materials

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

SWI-PSY20007-Developmental Psychology , or SWI-PSS250
SWI-PSY20006-Cognition and Human Performance , or SWI-PSS240

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject provides students with a broad and eclectic view of the history and philosophy of psychology. It surveys a selection of interesting and influential events, people, and ideas and uses these as a focus to critically examine issues that directly and indirectly shape the discipline as it is practiced today.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the subject.

  • Essay (35%)
  • Journal (40%)
  • Peer Evaluation (25%)

Textbooks are not required.

Textbook information is pending.

Related degrees

undergraduate SWI-BBP-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Psychological Sciences

  • Major in Psychology
  • Co-Major in Sociology