PSYC-374-01 Key Thinkers in Developmental Psychology
Offered academic year 2007-2008
The course will be based on the lives and works of six important contributors to our understanding of human development: Ivan Pavlov, Sigmund Freud, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Jerome Bruner. Other theorists such as Konrad Lorenz and John Bowlby will be considered. The course will be in five main parts. 1.A brief over view of how psychology developed in the 20th century. 2. The foundations of behaviorism in the researches of Pavlov. 3. Two important proposals for schedules of development, from Freud and Piaget. 4. The cultural-historical-instrumental psychology of Vygotsky, which ties in with Wittgenstein’s emphasis on language, culminating in the work of Bruner. There will be a midterm and a final, with the alternative of a research paper for one of the examinations. Readings: Chapters from Harré, Key Thinkers in Psychology will be available on the blackboard as well as some original source material from the above authors. Moghaddam’s Great Ideas in Psychology will be a useful supplementary text.
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