History of Modern Psychology

PSYC 397/3.0


A survey of the history of modern psychology, from the 17th century to the present day. Important empirical findings in psychology and related disciplines will be examined in terms of their historical background and theoretical impact. Emphasis will be placed on understanding progress in the various subfields of psychology. In addition, the contribution of Canadian researchers to the emergence of modern day psychology will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Describe philosophical traditions that laid the groundwork for modern psychology.
  • Identify the events in the history of scientific, applied, and professional psychology.
  • Outline key perspectives in scientific, applied, and professional psychology.
  • Understand how the development of psychology was shaped by external forces.
  • Identify important figures in the emergence of psychology and describe their contribution to the field.
  • Describe how psychology has and continues to shape society.
  • Evaluate the influence of Canadian research on modern psychology.


Summer (May–July) 2023
Course Dates
Delivery Mode


0% - Study Group
20% - Quizzes (best 10 of 12)
25% - Commentaries (complete 6 of 12)
5% - Peer Review Paper, Part 1
10% Peer Review Paper, Part 2
10% - Peer Review Paper, Part 3
30% - Non-Proctored Final Exam

**Subject to Change**

This course is completed completely online, however, the course does include optional live sessions, meaning you are not required to attend.

Instructor Information


Textbook and Materials

ASO reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/Search-Engine to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.

Required Textbook

  • Fancher, R.E., & Rutherford, A. (2017). Pioneers of Psychology. 5th edition. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend, on average, about 10-12 hours per week on the course.