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PSYC 305 - History and Systems

This introductory course examines the historical background of psychology beginning with ancient Greece, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance, through the William James era. Early contributions to psychology from the fields of philosophy, religion, physics, physiology, and psychophysics are presented and related to the various psychological schools of thought of the 19th century. Students gain an understanding of how cultural and social forces and various scientific paradigms shaped psychological theory and how psychological perspectives contribute to social life.


  • Fall (September 3 - December 2, 2024)
  • Winter (January 13 - April 12, 2025)


Please refer to the Course Outline below.


Undergraduate, 3 credits

There is no access fee for this course.


Prerequisite: PSYC 200 or equivalent.
NOTE: Students who have received credit for PSYC 320 may not take this course for credit.

Registration Information:

Concordia students must register for this course in their Student Hub. It is strongly recommended that they consult Concordia's class schedule prior to enrolling in order to be aware of any registration restrictions (see the notes). Once registered, students must then sign up for an eConcordia account to access the course material. » Visit the registration section for details.


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