PSY-521 History & Systems (W22)
This course provides a comprehensive and in‐depth survey and critique of the various methods, principles, and theories of modern and contemporary psychology as applied to the study and understanding of human development, personality, adjustment, psychopathology, and therapeutic interventions. Primary emphasis will be on the major areas of general psychological theory and personality development in the psychoanalytic, behavioural, humanistic, systems, and cognitive traditions offering a critique of the various theories, methods, and therapeutic models with precursors to psychopathology and adjustment. The various systems and paradigms that have historically emerged and continue to influence contemporary approaches and practices will be systematically and philosophically explored. Additionally, the historical context and influence of socio-political factors on the history and systems of personality and psychotherapy will be examined.