Critical Issues and Controversies in Psychology

Course code PSYC4100Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

This course forms part of an Australian Psychological Society accredited sequence.
Psychology as a science has been marked by periods of intense debate regarding key issues. While some issues continue to be debated (eg Nature/Nurture), others have generally reached some workable consensus (eg localization of function). This course examines a number of the pivotal historical periods in psychological science in the 20th century.
Students CANNOT take PSYC4100 with the following courses:
PSYC4110 or PYSC4210.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will:

1. Have gained knowledge in the historical critical issues of psychology and an appreciation of the theoretical nature of the discipline;
2. Have further developed their ability to search for relevant and suitable reading material;
3. Be able to interpret this material;
4. Have further developed their ability to critically evaluate the material;
5. Be able to verbally present information in an interesting and comprehensible manner with appropriate interpretation and evaluation;
6. Be able to present information in written format in an interesting and comprehensible manner with appropriate interpretation and evaluation.
ContentTopics will include behaviourism, cognitivism, reductionism and other main paradigms in the discipline of psychology.
Replacing Course(s)Replaces half of a 20 unit course PSYC 4110.
TransitionStudents CANNOT take PSYC4100 with the following courses:
PSYC4110 or PSYC4210
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents enrolling in Psychology 4000 level courses should have successfully completed all 240 units of the BPsychology program at the 1000-3000 levels or an APS accredited sequence in Psychology (yrs 1-3)
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalAn examination based on all lectures and readings.
Presentations - ClassSmall group presentations
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the BPsychology, BArts(Hons), BScience(Hons), BSocScience (Hons) and Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Postgraduate).
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for PSYC4100