PSY426 History & Philosophy of Psych

Lead Faculty: Dr. Nicole Polen-Petit

Course Description

Explores the intellectual history and contemporary diversity of psychology in dialogue with a cultural understanding about the nature of the person. Topics include: psychology and science, philosophy of mind, functionalism, measurement, applied psychology, gestalt, behaviorism, the unconscious mind, phenomenological and existential psychology, clinical psychology and mental health, and qualitative perspectives.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the philosophical and scientific foundations of psychology.
  • Critically examine problems, questions, and assumptions of various schools of thought such as functionalism, psychoanalysis, behaviorism, and Gestalt, existential-phenomenology, humanistic and experimental psychology.
  • Compare Eastern and Western philosophical and intellectual traditions from antiquity with contemporary thought on humans relationship to nature and notions of divinity.
  • Describe the philosophical implications of mind-body interaction for psychology as a science.
  • Examine the usefulness of qualitative and quantitative approaches to psychology.