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Effective: Early Spring 8-Week 2017/2018

PSYC 381: History & Systems Of Psychology

Course Description

Overview of historical antecedents and major theoretical and historical systems within psychology. Students majoring in Psychology must earn a grade of C or higher.

Prerequisite: PSYC 101, PSYC/SOCI 175, and sophomore standing

Proctored Exams: Final



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Hergenhahn, B. R. & Henley, T. B. . (2013). An Introduction to the History of Psychology (7th). Wadsworth.
    • [ISBN-978-1-133-95809-3]

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

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Course Overview

This course examines different approaches to psychology based on the particular focus at the time. It is designed to produce scholars who can demonstrate broad knowledge of the history and systems of psychology. Our goal is to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the history of psychology by showing that the concerns of contemporary psychologists are manifestations of themes that have been part of psychology for hundreds, or even thousands, of years.


Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and describe the key contributions of individuals in the history of psychology (e.g. Aristotle).
  2. Recognize how historical trends and events impact the development of psychology over time and continue into present day.
  3. Identify and describe the major schools of psychology (e.g. Behaviorism).
  4. Produce a paper in APA format and style which provides defendable evidence to support a clear topic related to the history of psychology.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (17) 330 33%
Quizzes (7) 70 7%
Research Question (1) 20 2%
Article Reviews or APA Papers (2) 100 10%
Research Paper Abstract (1) 30 3%
Annotated Bibliography (1) 50 5%
Research Paper (1) 200 20%
Final Exam (1) 200 20%
Total 1000 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Introductions Discussion 10 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 1 20
Discussion 2 20
Quiz 1 10 Sunday
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 20 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 4 20
Quiz 2 10 Sunday
Research Paper Question 20
Proctor Information N/A
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 20 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 6 20
Quiz 3 10 Sunday
Article Review 1 50
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 20 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 8 20
Quiz 4 10 Sunday
Article Review 2 50
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 9 20 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 10 20
Quiz 5 10 Sunday
Research Paper Abstract 30
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 11 20 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 12 20
Quiz 6 10 Sunday
Research Paper Annotated Bibliography 50
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13 20 Thursday/Sunday
Discussion 14: Writer's Workshop 20
Quiz 7 10 Sunday
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 15 20 Wednesday/Saturday
Discussion 16 20
Research Paper 200 Wednesday
Final Exam 200 Saturday
Total Points 1000

Assignment Overview

Discussions

Each week will have 2 Discussion topic/questions to answer. Discussion topics will become available at 12:01 am CT Monday and all work must be completed by Sunday. You must post an original response to Discussion prompts by 11:59 pm CT Thursday, except in Week 8 where they are due Wednesday. You must then also respond substantively to at least two classmates’ initial posts within each Discussion topic by 11:59 pm CT Sunday, except in Week 8, where they are due Saturday.

Discussion posts (initial) should be complete, clear, and a minimum of 100 words. Replies to other students should address the posted subject and be at least 1 paragraph in length (50 words). A grading rubric will be provided to students. Discussions (with the exception of Introductions) are worth 20 points each.


Quizzes

There will be weekly quizzes in Weeks 1-7. Quizzes will be available beginning 12:01 am CT Monday and will be due at 11:59 pm CT Sunday of the same week. Quizzes will cover assigned readings and be comprised of 20 multiple-choice questions. Students will have one timed attempt of no more than 30 minutes at each quiz. Each Quiz is worth 10 points.

Research Paper

The final Research Paper will be due at 11:59 pm CT Wednesday of Week 8. The paper must be 6 pages long and include a title page, abstract, and a reference page. It should be formatted in APA style, double-spaced, with 12-point Times New Roman font used throughout. Papers that vary in format will lose points. A rubric will be provided in the Content area. The following assignments due throughout the course will help you write your Research Paper and are opportunities for student/student and student/instructor feedback.

Research Question (Week 2):

You will propose a research question to be the subject of their research paper for the course. Using the table of contents in your textbook, think about questions you have about the history of psychology to choose a question. You will be required to cite/include one peer-reviewed journal article or book that explores the question. Once you’ve chosen a question, you will create a 3-page paper that includes a title page, a page of essay text with at least one citation, and a reference page with one reference. The paper must be formatted in APA style, 12 point Times New Roman. This short paper with your Research question will be due to the appropriate dropbox by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 2.

Article Review/Brief APA Papers (Weeks 3 and 4)

You will submit brief APA papers in Weeks 3 and 4. The papers should be brief (3-pages), in APA style. They should include a title page, brief essay with at least one in-text citation, and a reference page with one reference. The body of each paper should summarize the relevant content of the article to the topic they’ve chosen for the Research Paper. Sample papers will be provided in the Content area.

Article Review 1 will require you to identify one historical text or journal article to be used in the Research Paper. Article Review 2 will require you to identify a peer-reviewed journal article to be used in the Research paper. Article Review/APA papers should be submitted to the appropriate dropbox by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of their respective weeks.

Research Paper Abstract (Week 5)

You will submit an abstract for your Research paper in Week 5. The abstract should be a concise summary (150-250 words) of the key points of research. It should contain the research topic, questions, analysis and conclusion(s). The abstract should written and formatted in APA style. A sample abstract will be provided in the Content area. The Abstract should be submitted to the appropriate dropbox by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 5.

Annotated Bibliography (Week 6)

You will complete an annotated bibliography in Week 6. The annotated bibliography should contain at least three references from history texts or peer-reviewed journal articles. A sample annotated bibliography will be provided in the Content area. The Annotated Bibliography should be submitted to the appropriate dropbox by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 6.

Peer Review/Writer’s Workshop (Week 7)

You will submit your draft Research Paper for Peer Review in Week 7. You must provide substantive feedback to at least two classmate’s papers, identifying at least one positive quality in each of the papers and one area that needs improvement. You will be given prompts to guide reviews. Papers must be submitted for review by 11:59 p m CT Thursday. All reviews must be completed by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 7.


Final Exam

The Final Exam will be proctored. Proctor information will be due at 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 2. The Final Exam will be cumulative, covering material from all chapters of the assigned reading in the course. The Final Exam will consist of 100 multiple-choice questions and is worth 200 points. You will have 120 minutes to complete the Final Exam. It will open at 12:01 am CT Tuesday of Week 8 and must be completed by 11:59 pm CT Saturday.


Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Philosophical Foundations for Scientific Psychology
Readings
Chapter 1 and 2
Introductions Discussion
In the appropriate discussion topic, introduce yourself to the class. Include information such as why you are interested in the history of psychology and what you hope to learn from the course. Share any personal or professional details you’d like to share or your location and how long you have lived there. Only share what you feel comfortable.
Discussion 1
Choose one of the persistent questions in Psychology, pp: 16-21, to discuss, and write your view of how Thomas Kuhn and Karl Popper would differ in their way of responding to the question. Or, In a short paragraph, answer with supporting evidence; the question: Is psychology a science?
Discussion 2
Identify one of the Pre-Socratic philosophers, pp 29-41, that you feel most represents early thinking in psychology. What questions did they ponder and how are these questions still relevant today. Or, In a short paragraph, detail the major philosophical differences between Plato and Aristotle and describe their influence on the beginnings of psychology as a science.
Quiz 1
Will cover topics and information covered in the assigned reading for Week 1.
Week 2: Antecedents of Psychology
Readings
Chapter 3 and 4
Discussion 3
After Aristotle’s death, life in the Roman empire was difficult at best. The philosophies of skepticism, cynicism, epicureanism, and stoicism emerged as coping mechanisms for the people. Choose one of these philosophies that you think would fit your way of responding to difficult times and say why. Or, discuss the ideas and influence of either St. Thomas Aquinas, pp 84-86 or William of Occam, pp 86-88, on the science of psychology.
Discussion 4
During the Renaissance, significant challenges to church authority emerged in the humanist movement. Read chapter 4 and pick one of the more interesting to you, philosophers, and discuss their major contribution to the birth of science. What were their challenges and what were there contributions?
Quiz 2
Will cover topics and information covered in the assigned reading for Week 2.
Research Paper Question
Propose a research question that you will answer in your research paper for this course. For ideas, read the table of contents in your textbook, and think about questions you have about the history of psychology. Then, search library sources to find research that has been published on your topic. You must cite one peer-reviewed journal article or book that explores your question. Use APA Style formatting for your paper, which should be a total of 3 pages in length. A title page, 1 page of double-spaced essay text with at least 1 citation, and a reference page with 1 reference. Use a 12 point Times New Roman font. Submit your paper to its respective assignment dropbox. Due 11:59 pm CT Sunday.
Proctor Information
Submit your proctor form to the appropriate Dropbox folder by the end of the week. Remember to “Save” the form before placing it in Dropbox. See the Content area for more information.
Week 3: Empiricist and Rationalist Philosophies and the Development of Psychology
Readings
Chapter 5 and 6
Discussion 5
Define empiricism. What was it in other philosophies that empiricists most opposed? Identify one of the empiricists and describe their ideas related to this philosophy.
Discussion 6
Describe the philosophy of rationalism. What are the basic differences between empiricism and rationalism? Which philosopher’s ideas do you think are important to the birth of scientific psychology? Defend your view.
Quiz 3
Will cover topics and information covered in the assigned reading for Week 3.
Article Review 1
Identify one historical text or journal article you plan to use for your research paper. (For research assistance, refer to the Stafford Library’s Psychology Resource Guide on the course home page.) Write a brief (3-page) APA format paper in which you summarize the article. The first page of the brief should be a title page. The second page should include your essay, and the third page of the brief will be the reference page in APA style. Submit your 3-page brief to the appropriate assignment dropbox. Due Sunday.
Week 4: Romanticist and Existentialist Philosophies
Readings
Chapter 7 and 8
Discussion 7
Philosophers who characterize the romantic and existentialist movements in Western philosophy emphasized the importance of human feelings, intuitions and instincts. Identify one of the philosophers from the romantic or existentialist period and describe their ideas related to their philosophy. What key ideas and proposals did this philosopher make about Western civilization? Say why you believe their philosophy emerged. Support your view.
Discussion 8
One of the outcomes of the introspective philosophies was the emergence of ideas that hastened the development of scientific tools used to explore the natural world. Physiology and psychophysics emerged. Choose one of the psychophysicists from chapter 8 and discuss a major contribution that led to modern psychology.
Quiz 4
Will cover topics and information covered in the assigned reading for Week 4.
Article Review 2
Identify a peer-reviewed journal article that you plan to use in your research paper. Write a brief (3-page) APA format paper in which you summarize the relevant content of the article to your project. Due at 11:59 pm CT Sunday.
Week 5: Natural Selection Theory
Readings
Chapter 10 and 11
Discussion 9
Summarize Darwin’s theory of natural selection and evolution of species. Say why you think this theory in important for scientific psychology. Support your view.
Discussion 10
William James is the father of American Psychology. His Functionalist view was different than the psychology that was emerging in Europe at the same time. Discuss functionalism and describe how American psychology was different from European psychology.
Quiz 5
Will cover topics and information covered in the assigned reading for Week 5.
Research Paper Abstract
Write an abstract for your research paper, following APA style. You will find more information about this assignment, including a Sample Abstract, in the course Content area. Submit it to its respective Dropbox. Due at 11:59 pm CT Sunday.
Week 6: Impact of Natural Selection
Readings
Chapter 12, 13, and 14
Discussion 11
Discuss the ideas of John B. Watson, or B. F. Skinner. Describe how these types of behaviorism differed and discuss the impact of behaviorism on scientific psychology. Support your view.
Discussion 12
Explore the ideas of the Gestaltists. What were the key contributions to psychology that Gestalt perspectives provided? Choose one of the major theorists and discuss their contribution to this part of psychology’s history.
Quiz 6
Will cover topics and information covered in the assigned reading for Week 6.
Research Paper Annotated Bibliography
Write an annotated bibliography for your final research paper. It should contain only three references from history texts or peer-reviewed journal articles. Full assignment details are available in the Content area. Submit your bibliography to its respective Dropbox. Due at 11:59 pm CT Sunday.
Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Mental Illness, Psychoanalysis, Humanistic Psychology
Readings
Chapter 15, 16, and 17
Discussion 13
Read Chapters 15, 16, and 17. Review the early history of thought regarding mental illness. Discuss the response to mental illness by Sigmund Freud, or one of the theorists from the Humanist tradition. Describe one of their compelling ideas and provide an argument either to support the perspective or to refute it. Support your view.
Discussion 14: Writer's Workshop

This week you will be finishing up your Research Paper. Upload a complete draft of the body of your paper to your classmates in the appropriate Discussion topic. Attach it as a .doc file so your peer can provide feedback. Then provide substantial peer-review of two of your classmates’ papers. Identify at least one positive quality in each of the papers and one area that could use some improvement. Some things to look for in your peer review:

  • Is the research question clearly stated?
  • Does the author provide compelling and credible research that answers the question?
  • Is the use of APA format correct?
  • Is the use of grammar and punctuation correct?

Your grade will not be based on the quality of the draft, but on the feedback provided during the Peer Review.

Quiz 7
Will cover topics and information covered in the assigned reading for Week 7.
Week 8: Biology and Cognitive Neuroscience
Readings
Chapter 18, 19, and 20
Discussion 15
Choose an idea from either psychobiology or cognitive psychology to explore in a short narrative. Describe the idea and provide background and support for its place in the history of psychology. What is its impact on contemporary psychology? Support your views.
Discussion 16
The history of Psychology is certainly not only in the past. There is a future for this discipline. What role can you imagine that you will fill in the future as it related to psychology? What will you do to push this discipline into the future? Be creative and imagine your future.
Research Paper
The paper must be 6 pages long and include a title page, abstract, 3 pages of text, and a reference page. It should be formatted in APA style, double-spaced, with 12-point Times New Roman font used throughout. Papers that vary in format will lose points. Due in the appropriate dropbox by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday.
Final Exam
The Final Exam is proctored. It will be cumulative, covering material from all chapters covered in the course. The Final Exam will consist of 100 multiple-choice questions and is worth 200 points. You will have 120 minutes to complete the Final Exam. The Final Exam opens at 12:01 am CT Tuesday of Week 8 and must be completed by 11:59 pm CT Saturday of Week 8.


Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted. Late dropbox assignments will be penalized 10 percent per day, up to 4 days late. Assignments received after the end of the session (midnight CT Saturday of Week 8) will not receive a grade.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

Proctor Policy

Students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit their completed proctor request forms to their instructors by the end of the second week of the session. Proctors located at Columbia College campuses are automatically approved. The use of ProctorU services is also automatically approved. The instructor of each course will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable.


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