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In this unit we define the field of psychology, position it as a scientific discipline, explore its history, and describe perspectives within the field.

This unit should take you about 12 hours to complete.

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By the end of this unit, you should be able to:
  • Define psychology
  • Explain the scientific approach to studying psychology
  • Outline the history of psychology
  • Compare and contrast perspectives within psychology

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  1. Create a WikiEducator account for yourself by selecting the 'Log in / create account' link on the top right of the page
  2. Login and introduce yourself to the class
  3. Post a few sentences about why you want to study psychology
  4. Begin a journal for yourself (buy a notebook and use it to record your thoughts and ideas for this course, or create an e-journal). Copy into your journal your sentences about why you want to study psychology.