PSYC 411, PSYC 511
History of Psychology
Instructor: David J Schneider
Office: SH 482
Office Hours: T 11-1, TH 11-12
There is probably more variability in the ways History of Psychology is taught
than almost any other psychology course. Some courses begin with the birth
of modern philosophy in the 17th century, others with the birth of modern psychology
in the 19th century. This course will being at the beginning with the Greeks,
and we will spend approximately half the course on pre-scientific psychology
and half on more modern developments. In addition to two texts, we will read
several articles from philosophers as well as early and late psychologists.
There is a fair amount of reading in this course, and much of it will be unfamiliar
to those of you with no background in philosophy. The extra papers are on line
either at Chris Greene's Psychological Classics page, as .pdf documents on
site, or on electronic reserve at Fondren.
For those readings that are on the PsychClassics site I have provided a direct
link to that site but not to the precise reading. For the documents on this
site, there are direct links. For the reserve readings you will need a password
that will be provided in class.
There will be two exams -- a midterm and a final exam. The comprehensive
final will be divided into two parts, a first which amounts to a second
hour exam over the last half of the course material, and a second focusing
course. Each of these three parts (two hour exams and the comprehensive part
of the final) will count 25% of your final grade. There is also a required
term paper worth an additional 25% of the final grade. Students enrolled in PSYC 511 must also do an early journal assignment which is ungraded.
For graduating seniors and other degree candidates, all exams and papers
must be turned in by noon May 2. For all other students the deadline in
5 p.m. on May 7.