History and Philosophy of Psychology
Break down some of the big theories of psychology and analyse them. Afford yourself a fuller picture of the history of psychological study, and the real-life figures who pioneered it. Ponder the nature of the mind and the philosophy of science.
Your upfront cost: $0
- 24 Feb 2019
- 25 Aug 2019
Swinburne University of Technology leads the way with innovative and new ways of teaching, learning and thinking. It offers a wide range of study options, from pre-apprenticeships, undergraduate, postgraduate and PhDs, including online degrees with Open Universities Australia. Swinburne is known for career-oriented education and encouraging lifelong learning.
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
- Audio/Video conferencing
- Chat Rooms
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Embedded Multimedia
- Online Quizzes/Tests
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Lecture capture
- Standard Media
- Streaming Multimedia
- Web links
- Printable format materials
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.