Intro to Philosophy of Psychol

Description

This course introduces students to the philosophical issues that arise from the theory and practice of Psychology. It has been specifically designed to meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Psychology degree. Topics covered will include the scope of psychology's subject matter, the biology versus culture debate, the mind/body problem, the nature and function of worldviews, scientific method, science and psuedo-science, schools of psychological thought, and professional ethics.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic philosophical issues within Psychology.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the issues arising from (i) the diversity of psychology's subject matter, and from (ii) psychological research and practice in general.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of (i) professional ethics, (ii) where and why professional ethics apply in the professional practice of psychology, and (iii) how general professional ethical principles are applied to particular situational cases.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the 'big picture' framework from which the various schools of psychological theory and practice have emerged.

Content

Content will be organised around the following topics:

  1. Basic problems in Philosophy of Psychology (e.g. the biology/culture debate, the mind/body problem, worldviews, determinism, rationalism, reduction).
  2. Philosophical bases of classical schools of Psychology (e.g. behaviourism, functionalism, psychoanalysis, cognitivism).
  3. Philosophy of scientific method (including deductive and inductive reasoning, empiricism, falsification, Kuhn, science and psuedo-science)
  4. Professionalism and Professional ethics.

Although the topics explored are philosophical in nature, the focus is on how decisions made at the philosophical level shape the theory and practice of Psychology.

Assumed Knowledge

Qualification for entry to Bachelor of Psychology or other relevant degrees.

Assessment Items

Essay: Essay One

Essay: Essay Two

In Term Test: Take Home Exam

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorials will commence in week 2.