History of Psychology

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    History of Psychology

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    History, Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

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

    This course reviews the advancement of psychological thought, inquiry and practice, by engaging students with the historical development of contemporary paradigms. Ever-increasing specialization in the field can make it challenging to discern the common roots from which the field of psychology has evolved. The course examines the “shared past”, which will provide a context for understanding the intellectual history of psychology and how it developed into the discipline we know today.

    An essential course enabling Psychology majors to evaluate current debates and appreciate the diverse approaches that shaped psychology as a discipline since its inception. The contemporary resurgence of interest in ancient notions about human nature necessitates that students deepen their understanding of psychological approaches and their implications via critical reflection on the current practice of psychology and the manner in which psychological thinking may be related to other sciences through the years. It is appropriate for students who have completed two 1000-level courses from the psychology programme.

    As a result of taking this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Identify and distinguish conceptual and methodological issues in the historiography of psychology as a discipline
    2. Describe the main philosophical (such as empiricism, rationalism, associationism) and historical scientific frameworks of psychology
    3. Discuss the historical perspectives in relation to contemporary psychological issues and the way they provide a framework for current debates.
    4. List and understand the range of perspectives in psychology (such as structuralism, functionalism, behaviorism, Gestalt psychology, humanistic psychology, evolutionary psychology) and their links to other sciences.

    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the College, the following tools are used:
    - Lectures, discussions and in-class activities
    - Relevant educational films
    - Office hours
    - Use of Blackboard site 


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