Critical Issues and Controversies in Psychology

10 Units

Psychology as a science has been marked by periods of intense debate regarding key issues. While some issues continue to be debated (e.g. Nature/Nurture), others have generally reached some workable consensus (e.g. localization of function). This course examines a number of the pivotal historical periods in psychological science in the 20th century.

This course forms part of an Australian Psychological Society accredited sequence.

Faculty Faculty of Science
School School of Psychology
Availability Semester 1 - 2017 (Ourimbah)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  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.

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

  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the BPsychology (Honours), BArts(Hons), BArts(Psychology), BScience(Hons), BSocScience(Hons) and Graduate Diploma in Psychology.
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)
Assessment Items
  • Presentation: Examination Small group oral presentation
  • Written Assignment: Written summary of your presentation argument
  • Written Assignment: Written assessment of another student¿s argument summary
  • Formal Examination: Final exam based on lectures, debates, discussions and readings

Contact Hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
May include seminars and workshop sessions

Timetable 2017 Course Timetables for PSYC4100
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