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PSY 490: History and Systems of Psychology

Course Description

This course will provide an overview of 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 covered will 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 rise of applied psychology.

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2
  • PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Interpret the major ideas, questions and assumptions that have contributed to the development of psychology as a discipline.
  2. Evaluate and analyze real-world problems using concepts covered in this course.
  3. 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

Assignments
Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-15)

36%

Exams (Weeks 5 & 10)

20%

Written Assignments (Weeks 7, 13 & 15)

10%

Quizzes (Weeks 3, 8 & 14)

10%

Research Paper (Week 12)

10%

Cumulative Final Exam (Week 15)

14%

Total

100%

 

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Leahy, T. H. (2013). A History of Psychology: From antiquity to modernity (7th Edition). Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. ISBN: 978-0-13-243849-0

Additional Resources

  • American Psychiatric Association. (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. Washington, DC: Author. ISBN-13: 9781433805615

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2,3

Topics: Science, History, and Psychology

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 1 (pg. 8-32)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in discussions
  • Review the lecture material

2

1,3

Topic: The Legacy of Ancient Greece

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 2 (pg. 35-74)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in discussions
  • Review the lecture material

3

1,2,3

Topics: Antiquity: 323 B.C.E. to 1000 C.E.

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 3 (pg. 75-101)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in discussions
  • Review the lecture material
  • Complete Quiz 1

4

1,2,3

Topic: The Premodern World: 1000 C.E. - 1600 C.E.

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 4 (pg. 105-125)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions

5

1,2,3

Topic: The Scientific Revolution

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 5 (pg. 126-154)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Exam 1
Exam 1
Chapters 1-4
SLOs 1-3

6

1,3

Topic: The Enlightenment

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 6 (pg. 155-194)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions

7

1,2,3

Topics: The Ascent of Science

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 7 (pg. 195-219
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Assignment - Reflection Paper

8

1,2,3

Topics: The Psychology of Consciousness

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 8 (pg. 229-264)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Quiz 2

9

1,2,3

Topic: The Psychology of the Unconscious

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 9 (pg. 265-299)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions

10

1,2

Topic: The Psychology of Adaptation

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 10 (pg. 300-345)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Exam 2
Exam 2
Chapters 5-8
SLOs 1-3

11

1,3

Topic: Behaviorism

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 11 (pg. 349-396)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions

12

1,2,3

Topics: Cognitive Sciences

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 12 (pg. 397-434)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit Research Paper

13

1,2,3

Topic: The Rise of Applied Psychology 1892-1939

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 13 (pg. 437-476)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit Assignment - Galton vs. Binet

14

1,2,3

Topic: The Psychological Society 1940-2000

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 14 (pg. 477-506)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Complete Quiz 3

15

1,2,3

Topics: Creating a Concept Map and Final Exam

  • Readings:
    • No reading from the textbook this week.
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit Assignment - Concept Map
  • Complete Final Exam
Final Exam
Chapters 1-14
SLOs 1-3

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