Psychology - History Myths and Controversies

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Psychology - History Myths and Controversies

<p>In a sense we’re all amateur psychologists which fuels a “folk psychology” that sometimes overlaps with findings from scientific psychology, but often does not. This course will explore some of the

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In a sense we’re all amateur psychologists which fuels a “folk psychology” that sometimes overlaps with findings from scientific psychology, but often does not. This course will explore some of the myths or erroneous psychological intuitions which are particularly widely believed among the public and are stubbornly persistent. Psychology studies continue to generate great controversy sometimes the controversy is created by arguments about the logic or ethics of the methods, other times it’s because of disagreements about the implications of the findings to our understanding of human nature. This course explores some of the most controversial studies in psychology’s history.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Psychology – its origins, aims, interests and approaches.
  • Controversial studies in psychology’s history
  • Myths or misconceptions in psychology.
  • Challenge myths that can contribute to stigma and stereotypes and to misinformed public policies in areas like education and policing.
  • Findings in psychology exploring which aspects of folk wisdom will stand up to scientific scrutiny
  • Case Studies that have had a huge influence on psychology


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the origins, aims, interests and approaches of psychology.
  2. Examine myths, controversies and findings in psychological research.
  3. Explore ways of critically challenging myths, controversies and findings in psychological research.