History of ideas and epistemology in psychology and education

lpsp1002  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

History of ideas and epistemology in psychology and education
4 credits
30.0 h
Lories Guy;

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


After talking this course the students should be able to 

  • historically situate the various currents of psychology and education and the context that created them 
  • identify the role of philosophical postulates and naive preconceptions in arguments on the scientificity of disciplines and to identify the conditions under which the arguments they imply apply to the variety of concrete practice situations
  • recognize the difficulties and fruits of multi-disciplinarity in pyschology and education
  • understand the situation of pyschology among today social praactices and compare psychology as lit is to social expectations

Regarding learnin outcome this course aims to help the students A1, A2


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The course wil start with a rapid history of the ophilosophical and cultural origins of psychological ideas. Next the course will describe the legacy of these traditions and the emergence and positions of various currents in psychology to this day. The course will also involve a discussion of what is meant by science et non-science, as well as natural/exact vs social sciences and humanities. This implies a critical examination of the currents and disciplines.
Teaching methods
Readings and lectures.
Evaluation methods
Multiple choice questionnaire.
Online resources
Check the Moodle site for more information.
Parot et Richelle (2013) Introduction à la psychologie: Histoire et méthodes, PUF, 2ème édition.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Psychology and Education: General

Bachelor in Psychology and Education : Speech and Language Therapy