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Psychology 312: History and Systems of Psychology


Varies; self-paced.

Various; distance learning format.

August 2012 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: chronicle the history of modern psychology using the process of historiography, examine the history of the care of America's mentally ill, including the evolution of mental asylums and the growth of American psychiatry, critique the philosophical and physiological viewpoints that led to the birth of the "new" psychology in Germany, compare and contrast the major systems (or schools) of psychology, namely structuralism, functionalism, behaviorism, psychoanalysis, and Gestalt psychology, appraise the history of the science of psychology and the history of psychological practice in America, focusing on four applied specialties: clinical, counseling, industrial/organizational, and school psychology, judge the accomplishments of the first generation of American women psychologists, including the relevance to the history of psychology.


The course is self-paced, and instruction is delivered through online video and text lessons. Students are assessed through quizzes and a proctored final exam. Topics include: studying the history of psychology; philosophical influences on psychology; physiological influences on psychology; women and ;minorities in psychology; the new psychology; structuralism in psychology; antecedent influences on functionalism; development of functionalism; applied psychology; antecedent influences on behaviorism; development of behaviorism; evolution of behaviorism; gestalt psychology; important theories in psychoanalysis; and contemporary developments in psychology.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Psychology (8/17) (10/22 revalidation).