School Of Social Sciences And Psychology

History and Philosophy of PsychologyWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 100015.6

Discipline: PSYCHOLOGY

Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Basic understanding of core concepts of personality, cognition, learning, perception, biological, social and developmental psychology and research methods is desirable

101183 Psychology: Behavioural Science AND 101184 Psychology: Human Behaviour

About this Unit
This unit provides an overview of the origins and historical development of psychology. It examines the major landmarks in the history of psychology, focusing on important individuals, schools of thought, and recurrent ideas and themes. Historical conceptual problems are related to areas of controversy within contemporary psychology, and an insight is provided into the philosophical underpinnings of the various new movements and major theoretical conflicts within psychology today. The unit also provides a critical appraisal of psychology's status as a science, and explores the limits of psychological inquiry.

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