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History and Philosophy of Psychology

Duration: 1 Teaching Period

Unit Code: PSY370017

Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About the unit

This unit 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.

Content

  • 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, behaviourist, 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

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