History and Philosophy of Psychology

PSY30013 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • 1 Semester or equivalent
    This unit will be delivered on-line in Semester 2 2020

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours

2020 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2 HOL Study Period 3

3 Aug 20 - 1 Nov 20

8 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
16 Aug 20

31 Aug 20

31 Aug 20 - 29 Nov 20

22 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
13 Sep 20

21 Sep 20

More teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

2 Nov 20 - 7 Feb 21

2 Mar 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Nov 20

27 Nov 20


PSY20006 and PSY20007 

Aims and objectives

This unit provides students with a broad and eclectic view of the history and philosophy of psychology. It surveys a selection of interesting and influential events, people, and ideas and uses these as a focus to critically examine issues that directly and indirectly shape the discipline as it is practiced today.
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Describe significant figures, events, and ideas in the history of psychology.
2. Interpret the significance of these figures/events/ideas with respect to their context.
3. Identify the impact of these figures/events/ideas on evolution of psychology as a discipline.
4. Critically evaluate the philosophical, social, and scientific basis for psychological concepts and methods.
5. Synthesise arguments concerning psychological opinion, theory, and practice.

Courses with unit

BH-PSY Bachelor of Psychology Honours;
BA-PSY Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Hawthorn);
BA-PSYS Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (SOL);
BA-PSY1 Bachelor of Psychological Sciences OUA.