History of psychology and psychological systems

Study level: Undergraduate study programme in psychology
Lecturers: Andrea Vranić, Ph.D.
Language: Croatian
Semester: 6th (summer)
Status: mandatory
Form of instruction with class hours: 15 hours of lectures, 15 hours seminars
Prerequisites: Emotion and motivation
Student evaluation: written exam

Course description

History of psychology: Introduction about problems in history of psychology perspective. Early Greek philosophy: from Aristotle to beginning of contemporary science. The beginning of contemporary science: Empirism – rationalism – romantism - existentialism. Physiology and early development of  experimental psychology: W.Wundt – father of scientific psychology. Systems in psychology: structuralism, Darwin and evolution theory, functionalism, Russian objective psychology, classical behaviorism, neobehaviorism, Gestalt psychology. Mental illness – historical perspectives to diagnosis and treatment. Psychoanalysis. Humanistic psychology.  Contemporary psychology: cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence and neuroscience.

Course objectives

Overview of the historical development of contemporary psychology as a science, as well as acquaintance with most important characteristics of development of psychological systems (structuralism, functionalism, psychoanalysis, behaviorism, gestaltism) and trends in contemporary psychology (cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence, neuroscience).

Required readings

1. Hothersall,D. (2002).  Povijest psihologije. Jastrebarsko: Naklada Slap
2.  Krstić,K. (1964). Marko Marulić - The Author of the Term "Psychology". Acta Instituti Psychologici Universitatis Zagrabiensis, 36, 7-13.

Recommended readings

1.Benjamin,L.T.., Jr.. (Ed.). (1988). A history of psychology : Original sources   and contemporary research. New York: McGraw-Hill.
2.Hergenhahn, R.R. (1992).  An Introduction to the History of Psychology. Belmont, CA , Wadsworh Publishing  Company