Syllabus Psychology Ma, A Historical View on Psychology and Theory of science, 7.5 Credits

General data

  • Code: PS039A
  • Subject/Main field: Psykologi
  • Cycle: Second cycle
  • Credits: 7.5
  • Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
  • Answerable department: Psychology and Social Work
  • Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
  • Established: 3/12/2014
  • Date of change: 9/22/2014
  • Version valid from: 9/15/2014


The course aims to provide participants with a thorough knowledge of scientific theory and to put the subject of psychology in its historical context.

Course objectives

After completing the course, students will:

Knowledge and understanding
. Be able to explain the key concepts and perspectives in the philosophy of science
. Be able to describe the various stages in the development of psychology as a science

Skills and Abilities
. Show ability to, in a comparative manner, discuss key positions in the current epistemological debate,
. Show ability to identify similarities and differences between different eras in the history of psychology

Judgement and approach
. Demonstrate the ability to analyse and evaluate psychology's different eras in relation to different theoretical perspectives
. Demonstrate the ability to relate key concepts and perspectives in science theory to current challenges in the psychological sciences, in science in general, and in the community


The course considers both science social and cultural dimensions, current epistemological approach and the methodological implications of such positions.
It also looks at the central epochs in the history of psychology as discussed in the light of the central epistemological concepts and perspectives. Discussion will be held with special emphasis on the problems and opportunities within social and behavioral sciences.

Entry requirements

Degree of Bachelor with 90 credits in psychology, including thesis work of at least 15 credits, or corresponding foreign education.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

Teaching takes the form of project work, theoretical and / or empirical, in which students, working in close collaboration with a supervisor focus, implement and evaluate the resulting body of knowledge in clinical psychology.

Examination form

Examined through approved seminar activities and through written and orally individual exam and through memos and seminar discussion.
Link to Grading system: / grading criteria

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

  • Author: Slater, L.
  • Title: Opening Skinners Box
  • Publisher: New York, WW Norton & Co
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan
  • Author: OBoyle, Cherie Goodenow
  • Title: History of psychology: a cultural perspective
  • Publisher: Psychology Press, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, inc., New Jersey 567 pages - Ebook on Google play
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan
  • Comment: Den vetenskapsteoretiska delen baseras helt och hållet på artiklar i samhällsvetenskaplig fackpress. The epistemological component is based entirely on articles published in social science press.