PSYC4302 History and Systems of Psychology

Course Description

Major factors affecting the development of psychology as science of behavior with emphasis upon philosophical roots of major psychological concepts.

The intent of this course is to acquaint the student with the conceptual foundations on which modern psychology has been established. This is done by reviewing the history of psychological thought, emphasizing the past century of formal systems, but also by dealing with the origins of psychology in post–Renaissance philosophy and allied sciences such as chemistry, mathematics, biology, physics and physiology. 

Course Credits: 3

Prerequisites: PSYC1301. 18 credit hours of COMM coursework.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical reasoning in understanding the development of psychology from its philosophical and physiological sources
  • Differentiating of major concepts and methodologies throughout psychology’s history
  • Determinations of how current psychological paradigms reflect past paradigms
  • Applications of psychological principles to the real world
  • Respecting the commonality and diversity of human experience
  • Integration of Web-based and print resources
  • Describe the role that both philosophy and physiological advancements played in the development of psychology
  • Apply the knowledge of the contributions of the British 17th Century empiricists to the scientific discipline of psychology
  • Respect the contributions of major psychology individuals and the cyclical nature of human thought
  • Reflect upon the current accepted schools of thought in psychology and the contributions made by past schools of thought to currently accepted theory.