PSYb2540 Propedeutics into Science and Critical Thinking

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
prof. PhDr. Zbyněk Vybíral, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. et Mgr. Hana Macháčková, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
doc. Mgr. et Mgr. Jan Šerek, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Jitka Čurdová (assistant)
Mgr. Vojtěch Mýlek (assistant)
Mgr. Marek Pour (assistant)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Zbyněk Vybíral, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
Wed 7. 10. 10:00–11:40 P21, Wed 14. 10. 10:00–11:40 P21, Wed 21. 10. 10:00–11:40 P21, Wed 13. 1. 10:00–11:40 P21
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
PSYb2540/01: Wed 11. 11. 10:00–11:40 P21, Wed 25. 11. 10:00–11:40 P21, Wed 9. 12. 10:00–11:40 P21, Wed 6. 1. 10:00–11:40 P21
PSYb2540/02: Wed 4. 11. 10:00–11:40 P21, Wed 18. 11. 10:00–11:40 P21, Wed 2. 12. 10:00–11:40 P21, Wed 16. 12. 10:00–11:40 P21
! PSY254 Propedeutics into Science and Critical Thinking
No prerequisites. Recommmended for second or third year.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The course aiming on encouraging of critical and scientific thinking in psychology and within pop-psychological discourse as well. The students will be able to identify and analyse coercive tools, generalizations and simplifikations leading to distorted prezentations of psychology knowledge.
Learning outcomes
Student would be able:
- to identify unproper distortions and simplicities in psychology;
- to use better arguments in discussions on psychology knowledge;
- to describe scientific and non-scientific approach and show it at examples;
- to lead a debate on ethical issues in psychologist work;
- to indentify fallacies and traps often used by argumentations;
- to recognize biases which represent complications in proper used psychology.
  • Propedeutics in sceience.
  • Various discurses in science and behinds frontiers.
  • Myths in psychology and debunking of myths.
  • Information and misinformation in psychology.
  • How to think critically, and how to make scientifically based corrections.
  • Ethics. Ethical issues.
  • Psychology not only in replication crisis.
  • Dead ends in psychology.
  • Mandatory directions in psychology and science.
    required literature
  • Lilienfeld, Scott, Lynn, S.J., Ruscion, J., Beyerstein, B. (2011). 50 největších mýtů populární psychologie. Praha: Euromedia – Knižní klub.
  • VYBÍRAL, Zbyněk. Psychologie jinak : současná kritická psychologie. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 2006. 233 s. ISBN 8020013679. info
    recommended literature
  • Eysenck, HJ. Sense and Nonsense in Psychology (1957, 1958)
  • SATEL, Sally L. and Scott O. LILIENFELD. Brainwashed : the seductive appeal of mindless neuroscience. First published. New York: Basic books, a member of the Perseus books group, 2013. xxiii, 226. ISBN 9780465062911. info
  • TAVRIS, Carol and Elliot ARONSON. Chyby se staly (ale ne mou vinou) : proč omlouváme svoje hloupé názory, chybná rozhodnutí a špatné skutky. Translated by Václav Viták. První vydání v českém j. Praha: Dokořán, 2012. 284 stran. ISBN 9788073633660. info
  • WEISS, Petr. Etické otázky v psychologii. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2011. 349 s. ISBN 9788073678456. info
  • LINDSAY, Geoff. Etika pro evropské psychology. Translated by Lenka Němečková. 1. české vyd. Praha: Triton, 2010. 262 s. ISBN 9788073874155. info
  • Science and pseudoscience in clinical psychology. Edited by Scott O. Lilienfeld - Steven J. Lynn - Jeffrey M. Lohr. New York: Guilford Press, 2003. xxii, 474. ISBN 1593850700. info
Teaching methods
Lectures and class discussion.
Assessment methods
Five written tasks (essays).
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019.
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