PSYC4100

Critical Issues and Controversies in Psychology

10 Units

This course forms part of an Australian Psychological Society accredited sequence. Psychology as a science has been marked by periods of intense debate regarding key issues. While some issues continue to be debated (eg Nature/Nurture), others have generally reached some workable consensus (eg localization of function). This course examines a number of the pivotal historical periods in psychological science in the 20th century. Students CANNOT take PSYC4100 with the following courses: PSYC4110 or PYSC4210.

Faculty Faculty of Science and Information Technology
School School of Psychology
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Ourimbah)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Ourimbah)

Previously offered in 2015

Objectives

On successful completion of this course students will:

  1. Have gained knowledge in the historical critical issues of psychology and an appreciation of the theoretical nature of the discipline;
  2. Have further developed their ability to search for relevant and suitable reading material;
  3. Be able to interpret this material;
  4. Have further developed their ability to critically evaluate the material;
  5. Be able to verbally present information in an interesting and comprehensible manner with appropriate interpretation and evaluation;
  6. Be able to present information in written format in an interesting and comprehensible manner with appropriate interpretation and evaluation.
Content

Topics will include behaviourism, cognitivism, reductionism and other main paradigms in the discipline of psychology.

Replacing Course(s) Replaces half of a 20 unit course PSYC 4110.
Transition Students CANNOT take PSYC4100 with the following courses: PSYC4110 or PSYC4210
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Students enrolling in Psychology 4000 level courses should have successfully completed all 240 units of the BPsychology program at the 1000-3000 levels or an APS accredited sequence in Psychology (yrs 1-3)
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Lecture
Assessment Items
  • Examination: Formal - An examination based on all lectures and readings.
  • Presentations - Class - Small group presentations
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
  • Requisite by Enrolment: This course is only available to students enrolled in the BPsychology, BArts(Hons), BScience(Hons), BSocScience (Hons) and Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Postgraduate).
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for PSYC4100

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