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History of Psychology (IBP)


Students of the Dutch bachelor’s programme, see Geschiedenis van de Psychologie

Entry requirements



History of Psychology focuses on the changeability and fallibility of knowledge in general and psychological knowledge in particular. In addition, the course aims to make clear how internal and external scientific factors have contributed to the development of psychology as a discipline, and how the academic discipline of psychology continues to be indebted to the more general development of science and the history of philosophy.

In addition to the history of psychology from 1600 until theearly days of cognitive psychology in the 20th century, the course also covers the following:

  • An introduction to the theory and history of science

  • An introduction to philosophical terminology

  • An introduction, or re-introduction, to social history.

Course objectives

Students will:

  • Be introduced to the main historical conceptions of psychology from 1600 to the early days of cognitive psychology;

  • Learn that ideas on psychology as a scientific discipline and on the psychological functioning of individuals change over time;

  • Learn that ideas on what constitutes a scientific approach are also determined by developments in society; and

  • Become acquainted with basic philosophical concepts of knowledge and the world.


For the timetables of your lectures, work group sessions, and exams, select your study programme.
Psychology timetables

Work group sessions



First year students are automatically enrolled for courses, but do need to register themselves for the exam.

Other students do not only need to register for exams themselves, but also for lectures and work group sessions. For information on registration periods consult the bachelor course registration


Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date; students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination.

Consult the first year guide in the info for first year students International Bachelor in Psychology

Registering for exams

Mode of instruction

8 2-hour lectures and 4 2-hour work group sessions. There are 4 work group sessions. A work group consists of 1 instructor and a maximum of 24 students (2 tutorial groups combined). Each work group meets weekly. This means that every student has 4 work group sessions in total. Attendance is mandatory.

Assessment method

The work group grade is included in the calculation of the final grade. Assignments are used to check knowledge and understanding of the materials in the course book chapters under study. Instructors assess the answers as ‘good’, ‘pass’ or ‘fail’. An overall grade is awarded for participation and assignments. For information on how this grade is calculated, please the course work book. The examination consists of 40 multiple-choice questions. There are assignments for the work group sessions. The grade for the work group sessions is included in the calculation of the final grade. The method for calculation of the final grade is described in the work book.

Regulations on grade calculation

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud.

Reading list

R. E. Fancher and A. Rutherford (2012). Pioneers of Psychology. New York: Norton.
ISBN 978-0-393-93530-1 (pbk)/ ISBN 978-0-393-91337-8 (International Student Edition of the same book)

Contact information