|Module Code||BAHPSY 106|
|Module Title||Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Psychology|
|Parent Programme/Stage||BA(Hons) Psychology||Stage One|
|Delivery Mode||FT/PT Blended|
|NFQ||Irish National Framework of Qualifications /Level 6|
|EFQ||European Qualifications Framework /Level 5|
|Workload (hours per week)||3 hours per week 2 x lec/1 x tutorial|
|Description||To provide students with the historical developments the field of psychology and to place and analyse psychological knowledge within a wider socio–historical and intellectual context. Lectures/tutorials/ independent study/use of Moodle for directed self–study tasks|
|Assessment||CA: 100% 2 x assignments/ongoing|
|Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:|
|106A:||Discuss the importance of the early philosophers as the first natural scientists.|
|106B:||Trace the development of psychology within the philosophical tradition.|
|106C:||Compare and contrast the main philosophical perspectives on the nature of the mind|
|106D:||Describe the key features of the main schools in psychology.|
|106E:||Reflect on the differences and similarities between the philosophical and psychological perspectives.|
– The Philosophical context:
– Ways of thinking about mind, body and experience.
– Introduction to the first natural scientists: The Pre–Socratic Philosophers.
– The move from the nature of the world to the nature of the self (Socrates).
– Introduction to the philosophy of mind (Plato and Aristotle).
– The mind–body problem (Descartes et al.)
– Monism and Dualism as the two central schools of thought on the mind–body
– Problem – Monist solutions to the mind–body problem –Dualists solutions to the mind–body problem.
– The relationship between the self and the world. The philosophy of self.
– The relation between psychology and philosophy. The philosophy of perception.
– Consciousness, thinking and perception –moral behaviour (Kant) The Scientific Context:
– Psychology as a Science
– Psychology as a Profession
– Psychology originated in Philosophical questions.
– Psychologists investigate the conscious mind and the unconscious mind.
– Psychologists explore behaviour and mental activity.
– Psychologists today investigate many different topics:
– Wundt, Structuralism, Functionalism, Psychoanalysis, Gestalt, Behaviourism Humanism, Cognitive Psychology.