PSYCH 455 - Hist of Psychological Theories

An examination of the historical roots of the various theoretical approaches adopted by modern psychologists. A major theme of the course will be an examination of the conflict between advocates of introspection, or the study of human experience, and behavior observation, the study of human action. After a brief survey of classical contributions, the course concentrates on the 19th and 20th century theories ranging from Wundt, Freud, and James to Bandura and Piaget. Consideration will be given to how psychological theories are applied in the clinic and the workplace and special attention will be given to the developing division between applied and research psychology. Recommended for students going to graduate school. Prerequisite: One core course in Psychology. Distribution Requirements: IP, SP.
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