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Introduction to Psychology: The History and Science of Psychology

Investigate the history and science of psychology while mastering the basic principles of the scientific method.

Introduction to Psychology: The History and Science of Psychology

This course is part of the Introduction to Psychology program, which will enable you to explore psychology with the option to start a Graduate Diploma in psychology.

Learn about the origins of modern psychology and improve your science skills

Contemporary psychology is a well established scientific field, but where did it start?

On this course, you’ll explore the origins of psychology. Starting with the breakaway from philosophy, you’ll investigate the early schools of thought, look into some of the key individuals who shaped the field, and then discover how it emerged as the discipline we know it today.

You’ll also examine what it means for a discipline to be a science, find out how modern psychology evolved, and then master the basic principles of the scientific method that you can apply in your academic or professional career.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsASSOCIATE PROFESSOR MATTHEW E.

Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsMUNDY PHD: What is psychology? When do we first start studying the human mind and its functions to find out how it shapes our behaviour? Hi, I'm Matthew Mundy, and I'm the Director of Education at the School of Psychology sciences at Monash University in Australia. In this course, you'll explore the history and science of psychology. You'll learn about its origins, starting with the breakaway from philosophy, through to the early schools of thought, and then its emergence as the well regarded scientific discipline that we now today. You'll also learn about some of the early pioneers and key individuals who shaped the discipline along the way. Is psychology a science?

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 secondsIn this course, you'll find out first hand what it means for a discipline to be a science, and to have the opportunity to master basic principles of the scientific method that you can then apply in your academic and professional career. This introductory course is designed for everyone, regardless of experience or background. However, learners who have already completed a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than psychology and who are interested in expanding their science and research skills would be able to receive additional benefits from completing this course. No prior study of psychology is required or expected.

Skip to 1 minute and 31 secondsThe great thing about this course is that it's part of a set of courses that create a for credit pathway into Monash University's fully online Graduate Diploma of Psychology. That means learners who successfully complete the full set of courses, and who are accepted into the Graduate Diploma of Psychology, will receive one unit of academic credit. So if you want to learn more about the history and science of psychology and are ready to complete a set of course that prepare you to enter a fully online course, by a school of psychological sciences is ranked among the best in the world, then I encourage you to join us in this course.

What topics will you cover?

  • The science of psychology
  • The origins of psychology
  • Early behavioural psychology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Clinical psychology

When would you like to start?

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Assess the principles by which psychology is considered a science.
  • Examine the central tenets of the major theoretical frameworks that have shaped the modern discipline of psychology.
  • Identify the pioneers of psychology associated with structuralism, functionalism, behaviorism, cognitivism, and psychoanalysis.

Who is the course for?

This introductory course is for anyone interested in psychology - you don’t need any past experience.

It might be of particular use to learners who have already completed a Bachelor degree in other disciplines who are interested in expanding their science and research skills.

Complete this course, then the program

This course is part of the Introduction to Psychology Program, based on the first unit of Monash University’s fully online Graduate Diploma of Psychology (GDP).

Learners who successfully complete the seven courses in the Program and who are accepted into the Graduate Diploma of Psychology will receive one unit of academic credit.

Who will you learn with?

Assoc Prof Matthew Mundy

I am Associate Professor and Director of Education for the School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University, Australia. My research is in the cognitive neuroscience of memory and perception.

Who developed the course?

Monash University is one of Australia’s leading universities, ranked in the world’s top 1% by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It was established in Melbourne in 1958.

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