History and Philosophy of Psychology

PSY70017 12.5 Credit Points Online


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • Swinburne Online: Fully online

2020 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


PSY70014 Cognition and Human Performance AND
PSY70015 Developmental Psychology

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, and ideas with respect to their context.
3. Identify the impact of these figures, events, and 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

Graduate Diploma of Psychology