PSYC-501 CORE SEMINAR IN DEVELOPMENTAL SCIENCE: CONCEPTUAL FOUNDATIONS OF DEVELOPMENTAL SCIENCE
Fall for 2006-2007
This graduate-level course reviews and critically examines the historical and philosophical foundations of scientific psychology, with special emphasis on that province of the discipline that has become modern developmental science. The focus in Part I of the course will be on the historical emergence of and early developments within scientific psychology generally, highlighting (a) the differing conceptions of human psychological functioning that had already taken shape by the late 19th century, (b) differing views on the proper scope of the discipline’s subject matter, and (c) competing notions about the model of science and scientific understanding after which a truly scientific psychology would properly be fashioned. In Part II of the course, substantial attention will be devoted to the historical emergence of an explicitly developmental perspective on behavior and psychological functioning, from pre-Darwinian times up to the present. Part III of the course is devoted to an historical consideration of certain philosophical and methodological issues of continuing relevance to scientifically psychology generally, and hence developmental science more specifically. Course information is subject to change slightly from this description. Fall. Permission needed from instructor.
Prerequisites: Permission needed from instructor.
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