Historical and Philosophical Concepts in Psychology

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Historical and Philosophical Concepts in Psychology

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Philosophy, Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module will set modern psychology in its historical and philosophical context. Key
    scientific ideas and perspectives will be introduced and then applied specifically to
    psychology. No previous experience of history or philosophy will be assumed.

    The content of the module will include historical perspectives of prominent individuals
    on science and psychology (e.g., Donders, Wundt, Ebbinghaus, James, Freud, and Jung)
    and also broader philosophical movements (e.g., rationalism, empiricism). Having
    established such historical issues, contemporary issues in philosophy of psychology will
    be developed (e.g., reductionism and biological explanation, realism/anti-realism,
    modularity, free will and determinism, consciousness and the mind-body problem).

    Autumn Semester summary:
    ? Why study the history of psychology?
    ? Philosophical influences on psychology
    ? Physiological influences on psychology
    ? The new psychology
    ? Structuralism
    ? Psychoanalysis
    ? History of approaches to mental health
    ? Existentialism and mental health
    ? Critical psychology I: research methods
    ? Critical psychology II: social psychology

    Spring Semester summary:
    ? Is Psychology a science?
    ? Qualitative vs. Quantitative methods
    ? The study of self and identity in historical context
    ? Functionalism I
    ? Functionalism 2
    ? Applied psychology
    ? Behaviorism I, 2 and 3
    ? Gestalt Psychology
    ? Contemporary developments in psychology

    Teaching: 1 hour lectures and 1 hour interactive lectures.

    ? Three 30-item MCQ exams
    STUDY OPTION 2/3: MCQ exam.

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

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