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PY3106 - Theoretical Foundations of Modern Psychology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject will examine the history of psychological thought from its pre-Socratic beginning (ca. 600-450 B.C.) through to the great schools of psychology in the first half of the last century. Topics will include: historiography of psychology; philosophy of psychology; Greek, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance psychologies; empiricism; rationalism; associationism; mechanism; utilitarianism; naturalism; voluntarism; structuralism; functionalism; psychoanalysis; behaviourism and neobehaviourism; gestalt psychology. The subject is not meant simply to imbue in students a "respect for the ancients", although we shall see that the most profound problems that occupy contemporary psychologists were anticipated centuries, even millenia, ago. Rather, it is only against the backdrop of historical/cultural forces that current preoccupations will be seen to make sense at all.

Learning Outcomes

  • identify, locate, read and interpret historical sources relevant to the discipline of psychology;
  • discuss the philosophical and life science roots of contemporary psychology;
  • relate the theory and methods of particular schools of thought to broader historical factors, and consider their relative merits and limitations;
  • recognize the impact that sociocultural contexts have upon the application of psychological theories and principles in identifying and solving social problems.
Assumed
Knowledge:
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
Prerequisites: PY1101 OR PY1102

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 27-Aug-2015
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Kerry McBain
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); quizzes or tests (20%); assignments (40%).

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 27-Aug-2015
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Kerry McBain
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); quizzes or tests (20%); assignments (40%).

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