This course will focus on the major ideas and sociohistorical factors that relate to the study of the mind and behavior, and have shaped the field of psychology as a scientific discipline. Topics include: the evolution of this field of study from its roots in the philosophy of Ancient Greece and Rome, the beginning of the scientific method, Darwinian theory, the establishment of the major psychological schools of thought, and the rise of applied psychology. The student can have no more than 6 credits remaining in their major to complete in their degree program prior to enrolling in this course. (3 credits)
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
- PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology
- 3 additional credits in Psychology
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Interpret the major ideas, questions and assumptions that have contributed to the development of psychology as a discipline.
- Evaluate and analyze real-world problems using concepts covered in this course.
- Explain, integrate and synthesize psychological concepts in an organized, clear fashion.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-15)
Exams (Weeks 5 & 10)
Written Assignments (Weeks 7, 13 & 15)
Quizzes (Weeks 3, 8 & 14)
Research Paper (Week 12)
Cumulative Final Exam (Week 15)
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- American Psychological Association. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 7th ed. American Psychological Association., 2020. ISBN-13: 978-1-4338-3216-1
Leahy, T. H. (2018). History of Psychology (8th Edition). Routledge N. Y. ISBN-13: 978-1-138-65242-2
Readings and Exercises
Topics: Science, History, and Psychology
Topic: The Legacy of Ancient Greece
Topics: Antiquity: 323 B.C.E. to 1000 C.E.
Topic: The Premodern World: 1000 C.E. - 1600 C.E.
Topic: The Scientific Revolution
Topic: The Enlightenment
Topics: The Ascent of Science
Topics: The Psychology of Consciousness
Topic: The Psychology of the Unconscious
Topic: The Psychology of Adaptation
Topics: Cognitive Sciences
Topic: The Rise of Applied Psychology 1892-1939
Topic: The Psychological Society 1940-2000
Topics: Creating a Concept Map and Final Exam
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
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