PSY 3019: History and Systems of Psychology


This course explores the historical, philosophical, and scientific roots of modern psychology, including the people, cultural aspects, and events that shaped the evolution of psychology.


  1. Evaluate internal vs. external and personalistic vs. naturalistic approaches to the study of psychology.
  2. Examine the philosophical roots of psychology.
  3. Summarize the major contributions of the British empiricist movement in psychology.
  4. Analyze Charles Darwin’s major contributions to science as well as the context in which these were established.
  5. Describe the key events and persons involved in establishing psychology in the United States.
  6. Interpret the contributions of early German philosophers and psychologists to the study of psychology.
  7. Outline the major issues facing women and minority group members pursuing psychology degrees in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
  8. Explain how major areas of psychology (e.g., behaviorism, cognitive psychology, humanistic psychology, clinical psychology) emerged and the context surrounding each.
  9. Describe the impact of the Enlightenment Period on the treatment of mental illness, the Asylum Movement, and early reforms of asylums.


  1. PSY 1010


A history of modern psychology (Rev: 5th ed.)

Publisher: Wiley (2015)
Author: Goodwin, C. J.
ISBN: 9781118833759
Price: $152.14

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