Students gain insight into the origins and development of psychology as a science and develop their first skills in doing scientific research in psychology. This translates into the four following learning goals
With respect to the materials covered in the course (i.e., book, lectures and slides, instruction and feedback with the workgroups), upon succesful completion of the course students have shown to be able to :
- identify historical persons (e.g., "Descartes", "Skinner"), theories (e.g., "dualism", "behaviorism"), and concepts (e.g., "animal spirits", "reinforcement") and the relationships among these three topics
- 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
- under supervision, to design, execute, and report in a scientific manner about one study on a psychological question.
book, instruction workgroups, lectures with accompanying slides, knowledge clips and practice tests
The course will be offered digitally this year as a result of the covid-19 measures. There are different work formats:
1. Canvas contains recordings of 14 x 2 hours of lectures. These are available at the start of the course and deal with chapters of the book belonging to the course, intended as an aid to the independent study of the book by the student. Lectures also focus on the most important topics from the chapters, on clarifying themes that transcend the chapters (the bigger picture) and on contemporary developments that relate directly to the material studied.
2. During the lecture weeks, livestreams of lectures will be offered for interaction between lecturer and students, for questions by students about the material or about how to study, for clarification of material about which questions arose during self-study and for additional discussion of subjects, research or themes relevant to the lecture material.
3. On Canvas, knowledge clips are provided about special topics in the lecture material, in addition to the lectures or about study skills, or about practice tests that students can take during the lecture weeks.
4. In the course, online working groups are organized in which students work together in a group to set up research into a psychological question and to report about it in a scientific way, under the supervision of the teacher and/or teaching assistants.
multiple-choice exam (grade)
In order to pass the course both types of exams need to be passed. Results of individual exams are valid for one academic year. The final grade of the course is determined by the grade of the multiple-choice exam.
Multiple-choice exam: Knowledge and understanding of the course materials is tested in a multiple-choice exam consisting of 60 questions (with three alternatives). The resit also consists of an exam of 60 questions.
Presentations: Each work group presents the design, execution, and data of their study. This presentation is evaluated on scientific quality using a standard template. This presentation is graded as "pass" or "fail". A "pass" for the presentation is required to pass the course. Resits for a missed or failed presentation are offered in the last weeks of the course.