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Course module: 202200262
History of Psychology DSM TP
Course info
Course module202200262
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. Y. Saghai
Contactperson for the course
dr. Y. Saghai
dr. Y. Saghai
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
At the end of this course, students will:
  • become familiar with key figures, theories, and institutions in the history of psychology;
  • know how and why scientific, social, cultural, technological, economic, and political factors influenced the evolution of modern psychology;
  • be able to critically reflect on the historical origins of today’s psychological theories, practices, and institutions.

This course is only/especially offered to ‘doorstroomminor’ students from Toegepaste Psychologie Saxion Deventer. The course is offered in block 1A and 2A, in block 1A video lectures will be used. For the course in block 1A, the re-sit is offered in block 2A.

In this course, students will become acquainted with the sinuous evolution of modern psychology, with a focus on scientific research, clinical psychology and other areas of applied psychology. Did early psychologists working in Germany, France and the US share a common vision of the definition, goals, methods, standard practices, and desirable future of psychology, or did they have competing views? Did psychologists, and the institutions that employed them from the mid-19th century on, adopt research programs and practices solely based on their scientific merits? Or did social, cultural, technological, economic, and political factors play a major role in promoting or undermining the development or adoption of psychological research programs and practices irrespective of their scientific merits? How have psychologists been perceived by research participants, patients and clients (especially women), funders, and public authorities throughout the history of psychology? In short, the focus of the history component is on the mutual influence (co-shaping) between psychology and society and the enduring, yet too often forgotten, impact of these interactions on present-day psychology. Our approach to history is thus backward-looking and forward-looking: you will become aware of the origins of your own assumptions about psychology and will, hopefully, be able to imagine and create alternative futures for psychology, rather than see its present path as the only possible one.
Participating study
Bachelor Psychology
Required materials
Recommended materials
Course material
Available via Canvas.
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes


Self study without assistance
Presence dutyYes

Written exam


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