PSYC4100

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 - 2018 (Ourimbah)
Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. apply the knowledge gained knowledge of the historical critical issues of psychology and have developed an appreciation of the theoretical nature of the discipline
  2. search for relevant and suitable reading material having further developed their ability to do so
  3. interpret this material
  4. provide in-depth critical evaluation of the material having further developed their ability to do so
  5. verbally present information in an interesting and comprehensible manner with appropriate interpretation and evaluation
  6. 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.

Requisites
  • 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: Individual oral presentation
  • Written Assignment: Written short persuasive argument
  • Written Assignment: Written short persuasive argument of a critical issue
  • Formal Examination: Final exam based on lectures and readings

Contact Hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Lecture

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

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