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Introduction to Psychology: The History and Science of Psychology

Monash University via FutureLearn

Overview

Learn about the origins of modern psychology and improve your science skills

Discover the roots of contemporary psychology and enhance your scientific skills

Modern psychology is a well-established science, but what are its origins?

On this course, you’ll explore how psychology became the multi disciplinary field it is today. You’ll consider psychology’s divergence from philosophy, before moving onto the study of the science’s most important figures.

Gain soft skills you can use throughout your career

Finding out how psychology has evolved and gaining an understanding of the basic scientific method will provide you with a skills-set you can apply across all areas of your working life.

Explore behavioural, cognitive and clinical psychology

This course covers a variety of psychology science topics, including the science of psychology, the origins of psychology, early behavioural psychology, cognitive psychology and clinical psychology.

Together, these topics will give you a broad overview of the fundamentals of the science, and you can identify areas where you’d like to specialise in future.

Gain a foundation in modern psychology

. Once you’ve mastered the basics of what makes psychology such a fascinating science, you’ll move on to identify and learn about key figures in the development of behaviourism, structuralism, functionalism, psychoanalysis and cognitivism.

Towards the end of this course, you’ll also learn about the core theoretical frameworks upon which contemporary psychology is based.

This introductory course is for anyone interested in psychology - you don’t need any past experience.

It might be of particular use to learners who have already completed a Bachelor degree in other disciplines who are interested in expanding their science and research skills.

Taught by

Assoc Prof Matthew Mundy

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Reviews

4.3 rating, based on 15 reviews

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  • Yonghesun

    Yonghesun is taking this course right now.

    The course help me know that how psychology was generated.And i also has learned a scientific way to test something is right or wrong!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Very clear and understandable whilst dealing with subject that I am unfamiliar with. Thank you the professionalism in bringing this course to Futurelearn.
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    Mary Carmen
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    Mary Carmen is taking this course right now.


    I really liked this course, it seems very complete and interesting just what I needed to complete my knowledge in conjunction with anthropology
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Interesting content. Well explained. The mentors were helpful and knowledgeable. The information was presented in a way that helped me understand psychology better. Now I am determined to continue with more study in this area. I am looking into courses at Monash University.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I did not have much passion for psychology before taking this course but now my thinking has become different especially about physiological psychology and I have become eager for more knowledge about this field. Thank you very much for working hard to draw attention to these fields and studies.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Excellent! A wide range of topics are covered in a very clear outline. The course is both enjoyable and a great start for anyone looking at studying psychology without being shallow.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Is very interesting! I can do at my own time. Although is like someone care to do a resume of the topic, and we read. But it misses something to understand well some of the topics, and because I did in the weekend I can't have the feedback of the mentors. Well, the good thing I felt it is like an introduction and now is up to me to investigate more deeply or even realize if I want to study for real. Thank you for the opportunity!!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It was a very interesting, very thought-provoking course, and much more in depth then I expected. The fact that I took the course when the mentors were active, really helped improve my thinking process based on their replies, and also my peers replies helped a lot, and also gave me the courage to further explore how I thought I understood what I was learning.
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    Luis Ribeiro
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    Luis Ribeiro is taking this course right now, spending 6 hours a week on it.

    The course has good but concise/straight forward information, which is okay for an introductory online course. There's a lot of reading and very few videos; a minus, in my opinion, since I seem to pay more attention/internalize more information when I watch video classes as opposed to reading. The tutors are active and provide good answers and clarifications.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Indeed I find it among one of the interesting courses that I have come across through this platform. The instructors were on point, materials backed with illustrations to give a clearer picture of what's been analysed is much appreciated. Thumbs up
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Good course, powerful theories that are totally believable. Suitable for most people that are not yet at the top of the learning tree for Psychology.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    It gives you a general understanding of psychology. Great content and useful information provided through a variety of interesting topics.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course is nothing more than reading a poorly written textbook with minimum guidance. There is more value in the comments posted by fellow students in the forums and these are not verified by FutureLearn. I believe that the course should be removed until a better university provider can be found (I would recommend at least one - University of Chester in England). It would also be a much more useful course if spread over more than two weeks so that the material could be broken down further and time spent on considering the many and varied points raised in the subject.
    I speak as one who spent three years in the 1990s studying psychology as half of a combined degree.
    Joyce Ireland
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I am enjoying the course as a follow up to the Introduction of the History and Science of Psychology. Hopefully I will have a better understanding and will be able to do some further reading after completion of the course.
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    Halimo Fahimo

    Halimo Fahimo is taking this course right now.

    it is a good course as an introduction to psychology, but where you expect to see a long lecture, you find it short, and the opposite is true

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