History, Philosophy, and Systems of Psychology

PSYC 3550/4295

The roots of modern psychological thought and methodology are explored in this course. We will trace these roots from their origins in philosophy and the natural sciences through the early schools of psychology to its current form. In addition to learning about the major schools and systems of psychology (e. g., Functionalism, Structuralism, Gestalt, etc.), we will explore how cultural and political forces shape psychological theories. We will also examine the lives and works of the men and women whose work created psychology's foundation.

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