Available in 2018
Course code

PSYC4100

Units

10 units

Level

4000 level

Course handbook

Description

Psychology as a science has been marked by periods of intense debate regarding key issues. While some issues continue to be debated (e.g. Nature/Nurture), others have generally reached some workable consensus (e.g. localization of function). This course examines a number of the pivotal historical periods in psychological science in the 20th century.

This course forms part of an Australian Psychological Society accredited sequence.


Availability2018 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2018

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. apply the knowledge gained knowledge of the historical critical issues of psychology and have developed an appreciation of the theoretical nature of the discipline

2. search for relevant and suitable reading material having further developed their ability to do so

3. interpret this material

4. provide in-depth critical evaluation of the material having further developed their ability to do so

5. verbally present information in an interesting and comprehensible manner with appropriate interpretation and evaluation

6. present information in written format in an interesting and comprehensible manner with appropriate interpretation and evaluation


Content

Topics will include behaviourism, cognitivism, reductionism and other main paradigms in the discipline of psychology.


Requisite

This course is only available to students enrolled in the BPsychology (Honours), BArts(Hons), BArts(Psychology), BScience(Hons), BSocScience(Hons) and Graduate Diploma in Psychology.


Assumed knowledge

Students 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)


Assessment items

Presentation: Individual oral presentation

Written Assignment: Written short persuasive argument

Written Assignment: Written short persuasive argument of a critical issue

Formal Examination: Final exam based on lectures and readings


Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Lecture

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

May include seminars and workshop sessions