PSYCH 413 - A History of Modern Psychology
Winter 2017, Section 001
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Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
Psych or BBCS or Neuroscience concentrator.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course will survey a history of modern psychology. “Modern” psychology covers the time span from 1879 (the founding of Wundt’s lab) to the present. The course will look at the history of psychology with regard to both its academic development and its professional development. That is, it will present the historical development of clinical, counseling, school, and other applied fields as professions in the non-academic world as well as the academic/scientific fields. Finally, the course will include a particular emphasis on the history of psychology at the University of Michigan.

There is one short textbook for the course, A Brief History of Modern Psychology, by Ludy Benjamin, which costs less than $50. All other readings are available on the CTools website for the course or on the Internet.

Course Requirements:

Each student will prepare a short class presentation of a classical paper in the history of psychology. The major assignment for the students in the course will be to complete an individual historical research project. This should provide students with some experience and knowledge of the methods of historical research and supply them with a greater appreciation of the work of historians.

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PSYCH 413 - A History of Modern Psychology
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