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Advanced History and Theory of Psychology - PSY464

This unit explores the development of modern psychology and the way that we understand the subject matter of psychological science. The first part of the unit looks at the history of modern psychology and at some of the rival schools of thought that underlie different approaches in psychology today. Some of the associated controversies within the history of psychology are also addressed, including the relation between psychology and the eugenics movement, and the development of the modern concept of mental disorder. The second part of the unit explores the manner in which we conceptualise the subject matter within psychology. Major concepts within psychology will be examined (eg, behaviour, cognition and motivation) and common weaknesses in psychological arguments identified with an aim to developing critical thinking skills.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S1 Day - Session 1, North Ryde, Day

Staff Contact(s): Associate Professor Simon Boag



PSY490 or PSY495

NCCW(s): PSYC424, PSYC885, PSYC896
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Unit Type:
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Psychology

Faculty of Human Sciences

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