Spring 2023 - PSYC 402 D100

Advanced Topics in History and Theoretical Psychology (4)

History & Theoretical Psych.

Class Number: 6883

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
    RCB 6152, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Timothy Racine
    Office: RCB 6324
    Office Hours: TBA
  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 201, 210, 308 (or 207), 60 units, and a CGPA of 3.0. Other prerequisites vary by topic offering.



Course can be repeated for credit. Students may not take this course for further credit if similar topics are covered. See Psychology department website for course description.


Although telling a coherent account of all of the things that psychologists do in their professional lives is a challenging task, a history is a common way to hold it all together. History also helps us to consolidate an identity for an academic discipline that distinguishes it from other forms of inquiry. However, academic histories typically contain what are ultimately different perspectives on the same subject matter and are often told in a manner that privileges one over another. The study of history itself has historiographic perspectives that even interact with the ways that we tell our histories as well. What we will try to do in this seminar is come to terms with all this and openly discuss the merits of various approaches to the historical construction of the discipline. To assist us in this endeavour, we will consider psychology from both a natural science and a human science point of view.


  • Participation: 10%
  • Term Paper/ Project: 20%
  • Writing Assignments: 70%



The ~1,200-page book listed below will constitute the course material. You can purchase the pdf from ebooks.com, or a paperback (or Kindle) through a retailer such as amazon.ca

Walsh, R. T. G., Teo, T., & Baydala, A. (2014). A critical history and philosophy of psychology: Diversity of context, thought, and practice. New York: Cambridge University Press.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


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