BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

PSYC-311 - History of Modern and Traditional Psychology - 3.00 Credits

PSYC-311 - History of Modern and Traditional Psychology - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course examines the development of modern psychology, including its philosophical roots, from the founding of the first psychological laboratories in the late 19th century to the present. The development and revisions of the major theoretical systems in psychology are examined from a comparative and critical perspective. This course will include information about historical methods and theory, and will require students to consider traditional Indigenous approaches to mental illness through legend, myth and secret societies. Although the primary emphasis will be on psychology as a science, secondary emphases will include the historical development of psychology from socio-cultural perspective and the relationship of psychology to contemporary social issues and change.
Part of the:
  • UNIVERSITY TRANSFER Department
  • Prerequisites : PSYC 222, or permission of the instructor
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Masters Degree
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Procedure:
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  • articulate the mental health analogies present in many indigenous myths and legends;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the psychological benefits of traditional Indigenous ceremony;
  • explain the importance of culture in the assessment of psychological issues among Indigenous populations;
  • demonstrate knowledge of contemporary Modern Psychological theory; and
  • demonstrate the ability to critically analyze both traditional indigenous practices and contemporary approaches to psychology.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Schultz, D & Schultz, S.History of Modern Psychology, Current Edition, Belmont, CA, Wadsworth Publishing
  • Guthrie, R.Even The Rat Was White: A Historical View of Psychology, 2014, New York, NY, Allyn & Bacon
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Education Council approved March 26, 2014.