Boundaries of Psychology

Faculteit Gedrags- en MaatschappijWetenschappen
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode PSMPK-1
Vaknaam Boundaries of Psychology
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a
ECTS 5
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Boundaries of Psychology
Leerdoelen After this course students can independently make connections between the various components of the course, discuss concrete examples of the boundaries of psychology in terms of theory of science, discuss the influence of behavioural theories on behaviour itself, and explain the connections between the various course components.
Omschrijving Part 1 of the course engages with ideas and operationalizations of the notion of a boundary in science. These have included Kuhn's final (taxonomic) incommensurability thesis, Callon's interessement, Star and Griesemer's boundary objects, and Gieryn's boundary-work.

Part 2 examines different content areas that overlap with psychology: important ideas that we are excited to share with you. Topics have included neuroscience, social psychology and psychological sociology, behavioural economics, "evo-devo" (evolutionary-developmental biology), philosophy of mind, sociology of science, and the public understanding of science. A selection is made every year according to the interests expressed in the Fall.

The problem considered throughout, however, is that of translating scientific meaning as it moves through time, across disciplines, between languages, and internationally. Such issues can be approached from an historical, philosophical, or sociological angle. Each of these approaches will explored in this course.

The goal in adopting this interdisciplinary approach is not only to provide broad readings on the topic. It is also to "perform" the "experience" of boundaries: in engaging with the material, students will encounter the limits of their own comfort and learn how to use that experience to guide their judgement. (Sometimes readings don't make sense because they're foreign-feeling, not because they aren't good.)
Uren per week 2
Onderwijsvorm werkcollege
Toetsvorm deelname, presentatie, werkstuk (individueel)
Vaksoort master
Co├Ârdinator J.T. Burman, PhD.
Docent(en) J.T. Burman, PhD. ,prof. dr. A.C. M├╝lberger Rogele
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Readings will be made available through Nestor
Entreevoorwaarden
Opmerkingen This course is intended to be open to all. It is widely cross-listed across multiple programmes, it is open to students from other faculties with similar interests, and it always includes international guests. This is a real strength: the greater the number of perspectives represented, the easier it will be to engage the boundaries under consideration. However, students from the History and Theory of Psychology master programme have priority in enrolling.

Those seeking a deep engagement of the boundary between psychological, psychiatric, and neurological research -- as well as their reception -- might also consider the "Brain, Consciousness, and Society" course offered by the History and Theory of Psychology master programme. This is similarly open, but it is not as widely cross-listed. (The course code is PSMRB-1.)
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students MSc level - Spring semester (Feb-Jun) - semester II a keuze PS
MSc Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences: Behavioural Neurosciences  (Electives: courses from other programmes) 2 semester II a keuze
MSc Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences: Cognitive Neuroscience & Modelling  (Electives: courses from other programmes) 2 semester II a keuze
MSc Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences: Molecular & Clinical Neurosciences  (Electives: courses from other programmes) 2 semester II a keuze
Ma psychologie (EN)  (Ma psychologie (keuze vakken)) 1 semester II a keuze
Ma psychologie (NL)  (Ma psychologie (keuze vakken)) 1 semester II a keuze