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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: PSYC 381
Course Title: History and Systems of Psychology
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Overview of the historical antecedents and major theoretical and historical systems within psychology. Students majoring in Psychology must earn a grade of C or higher. Prerequisites: PSYC 101, PSYC 175, and sophomore standing.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Prerequisites: PSYC 101, PSYC 175, and sophomore standing.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

An Introduction to the History of Psychology
By Hergenhahn, B. R. (Brooks/Cole)
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.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Psychology as a science
  • Greek philosophers
  • Psychology in the Renaissance
  • Empiricism, sensationalism, and positivism
  • Rationalism
  • Romanticism and existentialism
  • Early experimental psychology
  • Structuralism
  • Darwin's impact on psychology
  • Functionalism
  • Behaviorism
  • Neobehaviorism
  • Gestalt psychology
  • History of the treatment, attitudes, and diagnosing of mental disorders
  • Psychoanalytic psychology
  • Humanistic psychology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Neuroscience
  • Contemporary psychology
  • The future of psychology

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Graham Higgs Date: November 29, 2016
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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