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Course module: 595102-B-5
Introduction to Psychology and History of Psychology
Course info
Course module595102-B-5
Credits (ECTS)5
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; TSB: Social Psychology; Social Psychology;
Is part of
B Psychology (English)
dr. F. van Leeuwen
Other course modules lecturer
H.H. Ong
Other course modules lecturer
T. Spiridonova, MSc
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksCaution: this information is subject to change
Registration openfrom 17/08/2020 up to and including 20/08/2021

General aim
Students will be able to recognize the origins and development of psychology as a science and they have performed their first empirical research in psychology. This translates into the following concrete learning goals.

Learning goals
Upon successful completion of the course, with respect to the course materials (course book, lectures, lecture slides, instructions for the working groups), students will be able to:

  1. identify historical persons (e.g., Descartes, Skinner), theories (e.g., mechanistic physiology, behaviorism), and concepts (e.g., animal spirits, reinforcement), and the relationships among these;
  2. identify contemporary questions and their relationships with historical developments in psychology;
  3. reason about what conclusions historical persons most probably would have drawn with respect to historical and contemporary issues;
  4. under supervision, design, execute, and report a study about a psychological question.
Course book, instruction for the tutorials, lectures, and slides

Type of instructions: 14 x 2 hours of lectures, 3 x 2 hours of tutorials.

Lectures: These explain the material covered in the chapters of the course book and provide opportunities for students to ask questions. In addition, the lectures highlight the most important topics from the chapters, show connections between the chapters (the bigger picture), and discuss connections with contemporary developments.

Tutorials: Students work together in groups to prepare a study under supervision of the lecturer and/or teaching assistants. Students then execute this study and report it in a scientific manner. In the final session, every group presents their data.

Type of exams: multiple-choice exam and presentation (during tutorials).

To pass the course you must pass both the multiple-choice exam and the presentation. All parts of the course are valid for one academic year. The final grade is determined by the grade of the multiple-choice exam.

Multiple-choice exam: Knowledge and understanding of the course materials (course book, instruction for the tutorials, lectures, and slides) is tested in 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.

Presentations: Each 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.

Due to the Corona crisis, some or all of the lectures and tutorial sessions may be offered online. The format of the exam (multiple-choice exam, presentation) will be kept the same as before the Corona crisis. In addition, measures to limit fraud may be implemented. When these measures to limit fraud are decided by the MT, students will be notified via CANVAS. If possible, online proctoring during exams will be preferred.
Course available for exchange students
Available for all levels
Contact person
dr. F. van Leeuwen
Timetable information
Introduction to Psychology and History of Psychology
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01BLOK 1123-10-2020
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01BLOK 2213-01-2021
Required materials
This book is available in two versions: as an International Student Edition (ISBN 978-0-393-60367-5) and as the regular fifth edition (ISBN 978-0-393-28354-9, printed for the North American market). These two version are the same. Students can use both versions for this course. Be aware that there may be large price differences between these two versions.
Title:Pioneers of psychology
Author:Fancher, R. E. & Rutherford, A.
Publisher:New York: W.W. Norton, 2016
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