Course Summary
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Psychology 312: History and Systems of Psychology
22 weeks (47 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 history and systems of psychology


The course objective is to teach students about the major movements and schools of thought throughout the history of psychology and how they have informed contemporary psychology. Students will learn about schools such as structuralism, functionalism, behaviorism, as well as applied and Gestalt psychology.

Learning Outcomes:

  • chronicle the history of modern psychology using the process of historiography
  • examine the history of the care of America's mentally ill, including the evolution of mental asylums and the growth of American psychiatry
  • critique the philosophical and physiological viewpoints that led to the birth of the "new" psychology in Germany
  • compare and contrast the major systems (or schools) of psychology, namely structuralism, functionalism, behaviorism, psychoanalysis, and Gestalt psychology
  • explain the history of the science of psychology and the history of psychological practice in America, focusing on four applied specialties: clinical, counseling, industrial/organizational, and school psychology
  • describe the accomplishments of the first generation of American women psychologists, including the relevance to the history of psychology

General Course Topics:

  • Studying the history of psychology
  • Philosophical influences on psychology
  • Physiological influences on psychology
  • Women and minorities in psychology
  • The new psychology
  • Structuralism in psychology
  • Antecedent influences on functionalism
  • Development of functionalism
  • Applied psychology
  • Antecedent influences on behaviorism
  • Development of behaviorism
  • Evolution of behaviorism
  • Gestalt psychology
  • Important theories in psychoanalysis
  • Contemporary developments in psychology
  • History of American psychiatry
  • Case studies in psychology
  • History of psychology overview
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials