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History and Philosophy of Psychology

Undergraduate | SWI-PSY30013 | 2024

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.

Study method
100% online
Assessments
100% online
Enrol by
18 Aug 2024
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
Duration
13 weeks
Start dates
26 Feb 2024,
26 Aug 2024

Price from

$3,480

Upfront cost

$0

HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available

History and Philosophy of Psychology

About this subject

  • 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.

Entry requirements

Prior study

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

one of

  • SWI-PSY20007-Developmental Psychology (no longer available)

  • SWI-PSS250 (Not currently available)

and one of

  • SWI-PSY20006-Cognition and Human Performance (no longer available)

  • SWI-PSS240 (Not currently available)

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

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Student feedback

25 student respondents between 17 July - 17 July 2023.

72%of students felt the study load was manageable

92%of students felt this subject helped them gain relevant skills

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