PSBA002 History of Psychology

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
Mgr. Helena Klimusová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
PhDr. Dalibor Vobořil, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Helena Klimusová, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jarmila Valchářová
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Tue 8:00–9:40 M21
The course is recommended for first grade students.
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
Course objectives
The main goal of this course is to provide students with the origin, interdisciplinar connections and historical context of psychological knowledge. The course is focused on influential figures as well as the most important psychological schools and their methodological background.
Learning outcomes
After the completion of the course History of Psychology, students will be able to consider the development of psychology leading to the current valid theories in individual psychological systems. They will be able to work with the ideological sources of current concepts of contemporary psychology. They will therefore be able to critically evaluate the links between the current state of knowledge and the historical development of psychology.
  • 1. Introduction into the history of psychology (theory and practice of science; systems of psychology, their description and evaluation)
  • 2. Philosophical roots of psychology
  • 3. Associationism
  • 4. Structuralism
  • 5. Functionalism
  • 6. Behaviorism
  • 7. Gestalt psychology
  • 8. Psychoanalysis
  • 9. Cognitive psychology
  • 10. Humanistic psychology
    required literature
  • HUNT, Morton. Dějiny psychologie. Translated by Ivo Müller - Renáta Mlíkovská. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2000. 708 s. ISBN 80-7178-386-2. info
  • PLHÁKOVÁ, Alena. Dějiny psychologie. 2., přepracované a doplně. Praha: Grada, 2020. 412 stran. ISBN 9788027125289. info
    recommended literature
  • HOSKOVEC, Jiří, Milan NAKONEČNÝ and Miluše SEDLÁKOVÁ. Psychologie XX. století. 1. vyd. Praha: Karolinum, 1993. 106 s. ISBN 80-7066-714-1. info
  • HOSKOVEC, Jiří, Milan NAKONEČNÝ and Miluše SEDLÁKOVÁ. Psychologie XX. století : některé významné směry a školy. 1. vyd. [i.e. 2. vyd.]. Praha: Karolinum, 2002. 295 s. ISBN 8024603004. info
  • Benjanfield, J. (2009). A History of Psychology. Oxford University Press.
  • Boring, E. G. (1950). A history of experimental psychology, 2nd Ed. New York: New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts.
  • HOSKOVEC, Jiří and Simona HOSKOVCOVÁ. Malé dějiny české a středoevropské psychologie. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2000. 255 s., vi. ISBN 80-7178-311-0. info
  • Zusne, L. (1975). Names in the history of psychology. Washington D.C.: Hemisphere Publishing Corporation.
  • NAKONEČNÝ, Milan. Průvodce dějinami psychologie. 1. vyd. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1995. 174 s. ISBN 80-85937-23-9. info
Teaching methods
Lectures 2 hours/week + reading of covered historically significant psychological texts.
Assessment methods
Exam: essay (home written, on a topic of student's own choice) + multiple-choice test.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020.
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