The aim of this unit is to provide an opportunity to study historical, conceptual, and philosophical issues in Psychology. Students will study issues in the philosophy of science, such as epistemology, human consciousness, intention, determinism, and the mind-body problem. Students will explore attempts to develop unifying theories in psychology.
This is one of two units covering:
1. An introduction to the history and philosophy of psychology (Chapters 1 and 8)
2. The nature of science (Chapters 1 and 4)
3. The early Greek philosophers and after Aristotle (Chapters 2 and 3)
4. Descartes, empiricism, sensationalism, positivism (Chapters 4 and 5)
5. Rationalism, romanticism, and existentialism (Chapters 6 and 7)
6. Physiology, voluntarism, structuralism, and Darwin’s influence (Chapters 8, 9, and 10)
7. Mental testing and functionalism (Chapters 10 and 11)
8. Behaviorism, neobehaviorism, and Gestalt psychology (Chapters 12, 13, and 14)
9. Mental Illness, psychoanalysis, and alternatives to psychoanalysis (Chapters 15, 16, and 17)
10. Humanistic psychology, cognitive psychology, and contemporary psychology (Chapters 18, 20, and 21)
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||use reasoning and evidence to recognise, develop, defend, and criticise arguments and persuasive appeals||Intellectual rigour|
|2||demonstrate an attitude of critical thinking that includes persistence, open-mindedness, and intellectual engagement||Creativity|
|3||promote evidence-based approaches to understanding and changing human behaviour||Ethical practice|
|4||explain the major themes and perspectives of psychology||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||demonstrate effective oral communication skills in various formats and for various purposes||Communication and social skills|
|6||write effectively in a variety of formats and for a variety of purposes.||Communication and social skills|
- No prescribed texts.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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