Learn about the origins of modern psychology and improve your science skills
Contemporary psychology is a well established scientific field, but where did it start?
On this course, you’ll explore the origins of psychology. Starting with the breakaway from philosophy, you’ll investigate the early schools of thought, look into some of the key individuals who shaped the field, and then discover how it emerged as the discipline we know it today.
You’ll also examine what it means for a discipline to be a science, find out how modern psychology evolved, and then master the basic principles of the scientific method that you can apply in your academic or professional career.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.