Introduction to Psychology: The History and Science of...

Introduction to Psychology: The History and Science of Psychology


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Today psychology is a well-established field, the applications of which range from medicine to advertising to government. But how did psychology as we know it develop to reach this prominent position?

This course, offered by Monash University, explores the history of the subject, from its roots in philosophy to its current status as a rigorous scientific field. Through this lens, the course also explores the multidisciplinary potential of the scientific method.

Modern psychology is a well-established science, but what are its origins?

On this course, you’ll explore how psychology became the multi disciplinary field it is today. You’ll consider psychology’s divergence from philosophy, before moving onto the study of the science’s most important figures.

Gain soft skills you can use throughout your career

Finding out how psychology has evolved and gaining an understanding of the basic scientific method will provide you with a skills-set you can apply across all areas of your working life.

Explore behavioral, cognitive and clinical psychology

This course covers a variety of psychology science topics, including the science of psychology, the origins of psychology, early behavioral psychology, cognitive psychology and clinical psychology.

Together, these topics will give you a broad overview of the fundamentals of the science, and you can identify areas where you’d like to specialise in future.

Gain a foundation in modern psychology

. Once you’ve mastered the basics of what makes psychology such a fascinating science, you’ll move on to identify and learn about key figures in the development of behaviourism, structuralism, functionalism, psychoanalysis and cognitivism.

Towards the end of this course, you’ll also learn about the core theoretical frameworks upon which contemporary psychology is based.

What topics will you cover?

  • The science of psychology
  • The origins of psychology
  • Early behavioural psychology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Clinical psychology

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…

  • Assess the principles by which psychology is considered a science.
  • Investigate the central tenets of the major theoretical frameworks that have shaped the modern discipline of psychology.
  • Identify the pioneers of psychology associated with structuralism, functionalism, behaviorism, cognitivism, and psychoanalysis.

Who is the course for?

This introductory course is for anyone interested in psychology – you don’t need any past experience.

It might be of particular use to learners who have already completed a Bachelor degree in other disciplines who are interested in expanding their science and research skills.

Who developed the course?

Monash University

Monash University is one of Australia’s leading universities, ranked in the world’s top 1% by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It was established in Melbourne in 1958.

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