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  • 1. Debates in psychology<br />Is psychology a science?<br />
  • 2. What you need to know:<br />Describe the debate over what science is, including how far psychology fits the definition<br />Evaluate whether psychology should be called a science, including where ethnocentrism and cultural relativity fit.<br />
  • 3. Psychology and scientific subject matter<br />Are the subjects of psychology scientific?<br />Are the methods scientific?<br />
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  • 5. Reasons for not ‘doing science’<br />Holism – the whole is more than the sum of the parts<br />Humanism<br />Science is reliable but not always valid<br />Social constructionism – we should study constructs which will tell us more about real life.<br />
  • 6. Psychology and science<br />Falsifiability<br />Paradigms<br />discourses<br />
  • 7. How scientific are the 5 as approaches?<br />The social approach<br />The cognitive approach<br />The psychodynamic approach<br />The biological approach<br />The learning approach<br />
  • 8. examzone<br />With reference to one approach in psychology describe ways in which it is scientific<br />Explain why you think psychology is not scientific.<br /> You have 45 minutes in the LRC to produce a powerpoint presentation answering these 2 questions. You will present this in the next workshop session. Please also produce a handout for the other members of the class to fill in as they listen to your presentation.<br />
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