PSY 330 History and Systems of Psychology

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PSY 330 History and Systems of Psychology

3 Semester Units

History and Systems of Psychology offers a biographical approach to the history, methods, theories, and data of psychology. The philosophical and scientific roots of psychology are explored, and modern theories and concepts are introduced to help students have a solid understanding of the roots of psychology, and the development of the field in the modern day.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Present philosophical issues in psychology and other sciences.
  • Promote an awareness of the ways that historical developments outside of psychology shape the discipline.
  • Discuss the roots, the theories, and the relevance of several of the major trends in modern psychology including functionalism, structuralism, behaviorism, Gestalt psychology, psychoanalysis, humanistic psychology, and cognitive psychology.
  • Examine the ways in which world views (religious, political, moral, and psychological) shape views of humans and psychology.
  • Explore the evolution of ideas within philosophy and psychology.


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