Students gain insight into the origins and development of psychology as a science and they develop their first skills in doing scientific research in psychology.
With respect to the materials covered in the course (more details below), students will be able to:
- identify historical persons, theories, and concepts, and the relationships among these
- identify contemporary questions and their relationships with historical developments in psychology
- reason about the what conclusions historical persons most probably would have drawn with respect to historical and contemporary issues
- to design, execute and report in a scientifically valid manner about two studies
Exams: knowledge and understanding of the course materials is tested a multiple-choice exam, 60 questions long (with three alternatives). The total score determines the final grade. A final grade of 6.0 is necessary for passing the course. The resit consists of an exam of 60 questions, replacing the result.
Practicums: The research report (including a presentation) is graded as a Pass or a Fail. Participation in the practicums and achieving a Pass for the reports is necessary for passing the course. Resits for missed practicums or failed reports are offered in the last weeks of the course.
Materials (tested in the exams)
course book, instruction for the practicums, lectures and slides
Lectures: these explain the material covered in the chapters of the textbook that goes with the course. In addition, lectures build upon the most important topics from the chapters, elaborating upon questions that emerged when students studied the chapters, discussing issues that surpass the level of individual chapters (the bigger picture) and that touch upon contemporary developments that directly relate to the course materials.
Seminars: students prepare an observation study and a questionnaire study or experiment assisted by the lecuturer and/or teaching assistants. They then execute these studies and report on the results in the next practicum.
All parts of the course are valid for one year. If you do not pass the course this year and want to re-do it in a later year, this means you will re-take all parts.
Type of instructions
14 x 2 hours of lectures, 4 x 2 hours of seminars
Type of exams
multiple-choice questions, presentations and reports