Subject: Psychology
Credit units: 6
College: Graduate and Postdoc Studies
Department: Psychology and Health Studies


Covers major historical and philosophical developments in psychological theory and research throughout the ages, including ontological and epistemological positions and their links to contemporary ideas in psychology. Philosophical aspects of psychological research are addressed from a historical perspective including an examination of the paradigms of positivism, interpretivism, and realism.

Note: Students with credit for PSY 822 will not receive credit for this course.

Upcoming class offerings

For full details about upcoming courses, refer to the class search tool or, if you are a current student, the registration channel in PAWS.


The syllabus is a public document that provides detail about a class, such as the schedule of activities, learning outcomes, and weighting of assignments and examinations.

Once an instructor has made their syllabus publicly available on USask’s Learning Management System, it will appear below. Please note that the examples provided below do not represent a complete set of current or previous syllabus material. Rather, they are presented solely for the purpose of indicating what may be required for a given class. Unless otherwise specifically stated on the content, the copyright for all materials in each course belongs to the instructor whose name is associated with that course. The syllabus is the intellectual property of instructors or the university.

For more information, visit the Academic Courses Policy , the Syllabus page for instructors , or for students your Academic Advising office.