PSY 3019


The purpose of the course is to provide the historical context that has shaped the modern theoretical perspectives in psychology. Specifically the course will discuss the philosophical and physiological context that proceeded psychology, the founding of psychology in Germany, the origins of evolutionary psychology, the spread of psychology to America, the development of psychology through different theoretical perspectives including structuralism, functionalism, Gestalt psychology, behaviorism, and the cognitive revolution, and the applications of psychology to clinical and business contexts. The historical context should help students to identify the origins of the current subdisciplines within psychology and draw connections between research and theoretical perspectives that they discuss in other psychology courses.


  1. Explain the philosophical and physiological contexts that proceeded the founding of psychology.
  2. Describe the founding of psychology in Germany.
  3. Identify and describe the major theoretical perspectives that shaped psychology from the founding of psychology to modern day psychology.
  4. Explain the historical context in which the major theoretical perspectives developed and discuss how the historical context influenced the development of psychology during that time period.
  5. Explain how research methodology changed as the theoretical perspectives on psychology changed.
  6. Identify influential psychologists and describe their contributions to the field of psychology.
  7. Identify and describe the major subdisciplines within modern psychology.


  1. PSY 1010


A history of modern psychology (Rev: 3)

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (2008)
Author: Goodwin, C. J.
ISBN: 9780470129128
Price: $135.68

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