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History and Systems of Psychology

History and Systems of Psychology
Leipzig, Germany; Vienna, Austria
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Disciplines: 
Educational Psychology
Graduate Courses
Program Type: 
Faculty Led
Program Summary: 

This program is not offered in Summer 2020.  Check out the Gender Equity and Well-Being in Iceland program for a great option for EPSY and other students!


Tentative Locations

Leipzig, Germany: Visits include the University of Leipzig, Thomaskirche and Wundt's Laboratory.

Vienna, Austria: Visits include the Freud Museum and Library, Viktor Frankl Museum (and home), Hofburg Palace, as well as exploring Vienna's "coffeehouse culture" and its role in the birth and spread of psychoanalysis.

Academic Information: 

Undergraduate students will enroll in EPSY 598 Special Course: History and Systems of Psychology for 3 credits.

Graduate students will enroll in EPSY 882 History and Systems of Psychology for 3 credits. This course is a historical survey of the evolution of concepts, theories, and systems of thought in psychology with an emphasis on their relationship to contemporary issues in psychological theory, research, and practice. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Educational Psychology or consent of the instructor.

Students will be required to submit a completed seminar paper after the conclusion of the program. The seminar paper will be a deconstruction of one of the psychological theories covered in class, including placing that theory in history; describing the political and social agenda served by the theory; describing the worldview of the theory; showing how research supported or did not support the theory, and any ways in which research was framed or results were communicated in order to support the theory, as well as describing the lasting contributions of value to contemporary psychology of that theory.


Students will be housed in double- and triple-occupancy hotels in Leipzig, Germany and Vienna, Austria.


Open to Undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral students in all fields of Psychology.

Program Faculty: 

Program Faculty Director Barbara Kerr is the Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Kansas School of Education. Her research has focused on the development of talent, creativity, and optimal states, while training psychologists and counselors to be talent scouts who provide positive, strengths-based services.


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