History and Philosophy of Psychology

PSY70017 12.5 Credit Points Online


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • Swinburne Online: Fully online

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2023 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

10 Jul 23 - 8 Oct 23

31 Oct 23

Last self enrolment:
23 Jul 23

4 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
25 Aug 23

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.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO) 

On successful completion of this unit students 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