Spring 2022 - PSYC 308 D100

History and Systems of Modern Psychology (3)

Class Number: 1637

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    BLU 9660, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 19, 2022
    11:59 PM – 11:59 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 201.



Examines the development of modern psychology from the founding of the first laboratories in the late 19th century to the present. The development and revisions of the major theoretical systems of psychology are examined from a comparative and critical perspective. Students with credit for PSYC 207 may not take this course for further credit.


The systems, or schools, of modern psychology (e.g., psychoanalysis, behaviourism) are often used as tools to explain the history of the discipline. But there are other ways of telling this story. For example, some claim that early philosophers had a psychology that anticipated the modern use of the term. Others believe this is misleading and wonder how we can speak of psychology before the discipline had even begun. In other words, the history of psychology is itself, in part, a matter of academic debate, and part of our job in this course will be to come to terms with what it means for psychology to have a history.


  • Two reflection assignments: 10%
  • Two article assignments: 40%
  • Two take-home exams: 50%



There is no textbook for this course. Instead, a set of readings available through the course Canvas page will be used.

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