Psychology (PSYC) 375

History of Psychology (Revision 2)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: A 200-level psychology course. It is recommended that this course be taken by students who have successfully completed several psychology courses and are in their third or fourth year of undergraduate studies.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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PSYC 375 has a Challenge for Credit option.

The course has a website that includes optional online materials, including online quizzes.

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This course examines the history of psychology from the time of the early Greeks until the present.


  • Unit 1: The Evolution of Psychology: From Speculation to Science
  • Unit 2: The Middle Ages, the Beginnings of Science
  • Unit 3: Empiricism, Sensationalism, Positivism, and Rationalism
  • Unit 4: Romanticism, Existentialism, and the Rise of Experimental Psychology
  • Unit 5: Early Approaches to Psychology and the Darwinian Influence
  • Unit 6: Functionalism and Behaviorism
  • Unit 7: Neobehaviorism and Gestalt Psychology
  • Unit 8: Early Approaches to Mental Illness and Psychoanalysis
  • Unit 9: Early Alternatives to Psychoanalysis and Humanistic Psychology


To receive credit for PSYC 375, you must achieve a composite course grade of at least “D” (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination.  You must complete the nine unit quizzes and two essay quizzes, as well, and these must be completed before you write the final exam.

The final grade in Psychology 375: History of Psychology is determined by your performance on nine unit quizzes, two essay quizzes and the final exam.

Unit Quizzes Essay Quizzes Final Exam Final Grade
36% 8% 56% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Hergenhahn, B. R. (2009). An Introduction to the History of Psychology (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth

Other Materials

All other materials are available online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the PSYC 375 challenge registration, you must write the examination alone, worth 100% of your final grade, and you must achieve a grade of at least "D" (50 per cent) or more on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 2, December 9, 2009.

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Updated May 26 2016 by Student & Academic Services