Psychology (PSYC) 375

History of Psychology (Revision 3)

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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.

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


  • Unit 1: Origins of Philosophy, Religion, & Science
  • Unit 2: Grand Philosophical Positions
  • Unit 3: Beginnings of Psychology
  • Unit 4: Structuralism, Functionalism and Behaviorism
  • Unit 5: Gestalt Psychology, Mental Illness, & Psychoanalysis
  • Unit 6: Contemporary 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 six unit quizzes, a midterm exam after the third unit quiz and a final exam. The final grade Psychology 375: History of Psychology will be determined by your performance on the quizzes and exams according to the table below.

Activity Weighting
Unit Quizzes (6 @ 6%) 36%
Midterm Exam 32%
Final Exam 32%
Total 100%

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

Course Materials


Tracy B. Henley (2017) Hergenhahn’s An introduction to the history of psychology (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage.

Other Materials

All other materials are available online.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about 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 combination of the midterm exam and final exam 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 3, Oct 1, 2018.

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