History of Psychology Online
Presented by the Center for the History of Psychology
The University of Akron
This course, taught by Dr. David Baker, Margaret Clark Morgan Executive Director of the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology and professor of psychology, is designed to provide an introduction and overview of the historical development of the science and practice of psychology. Ever-increasing specialization within the field often makes it difficult to discern the common roots from which the field of psychology has evolved. We will examine this “shared past”, which among other things, will provide a context for understanding the intellectual history of psychology and how it developed into the discipline we know today. This will be accomplished through
- Online modules
- Writing assignments
- Online discussions
Course materials are accessed online and all assignments are submitted online.
The course is richly supported with original source materials from the holdings of the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology.
- Introducing psychology’s history
- The philosophical context
- The physiological context: Early research on the nervous system
- Wundt and German psychology
- Darwin’s century: Evolutionary thinking
- American pioneers
- Structuralism and functionalism
- Applying the new psychology
- Gestalt psychology
- The origins of behaviorism
- The evolution of behaviorism
- Mental illness and its treatment
- Psychology’s practitioners
- Psychological science in the post war era
- Linking psychology’s past and present
Goodwin, C. J. (2012, 4th ed.). A History of Modern Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
(Can be purchased as an E-book for much less than print)
Available on request.