History, Theories and Practice of Psychology

    Unit code: APP3034 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    APP2014 - Psychology 2B and
    HPP2001 - Developmental Psychology
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit examines historical and current psychological theories and practices. It will also critically examine the relative merits and limitations of schools of psychology such as; psychoanalysis, behaviourism, cognitivism, biological psychology and critical psychology. The evolution of psychological theory and practice will be explored, with a particular emphasis on what constitutes ethical, culturally appropriate, and evidence-based assessment and intervention practice.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Elucidate the evolution of psychology as a discipline;
    2. Critique the tenets and methods of inquiry within particular schools of psychology;
    3. Critically reflect upon what constitutes ethical and culturally appropriate assessment practice;
    4. Critically evaluate the scientific evidence base for psychological interventions; and
    5. Elucidate their preferred theoretical approach to psychology.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 20%
    Tests on theoretical content (2 Tests - 1 hour and worth 10% each)
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 40%
    Group (2-3) presentation critically evaluates a psychological survey (15 minutes) and submission of powerpoint slides & individual presentation notes
    Assessment type: Essay
    Grade: 40%
    Reflective critical essay on paradigms of psychology (1500 words)

    Required reading

    Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

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