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Psychology ( Ph.D. )

1. Training/Research Orientation

  • Basic psychology and the history of psychology
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Developmental psychology
  • Educational psychology and school psychology
  • Clinical and counseling psychology
  • Social and management psychology

2. Program Duration and Credit

Generally, the learning period is three years for full-time doctoral students, four years for part-time students, and is no longer than seven years. After completing the course studying and dissertation, excellent doctoral students who obtain the consent of the tutor group can apply for oral defense and graduation in advance. Notably, the minimum learning period should not be less than 2 years.
Total credit is 20 units, of which the degree course is not less than 12 units. Doctoral graduate students should participate in a number of academic research activities. Teaching practice can be carried out in the form of lectures and other forms when graduate students obtain consents from tutors and the administrators. Doctoral students could get two points from above-mentioned academic activities.

3. Core Courses and Introduction

Advances in Psychological Theories
This course aims to give graduates an introduction to the current theories of psychology. It includes:

  • organism centered theories, such as cognitive psychology, humanistic psychology, psychoanalysis
  • environmental centered theories, such as behavioral analysis and ecological psychology
  • social centered theory, such as social constructionist theory
  • interaction theories, such as dialectical psychology, inter-behavioral psychology, phenomenological psychology
  • the other theories, such as evolutionary psychology

Psychology Research Methods
Experimental design is the main content of this course. The course will enable doctoral students to make a comprehensive understanding on psychological research methods, and get a substantial leap in reading and understanding psychological literature in English. Course contents include the theoretical basis and procedures of psychological research, separation and control of variables, single factor experimental design, multi-factor experimental design, small sample experimental design, quasi-experimental design, and so on. Specific analysis on psychological experimental papers is used in the course.

Historiography of Western Psychology
This course aims to give graduates an introduction to the historiography of western psychology. It includes:

  • methodology of western psychology, such as positivism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, philosophy of science, postmodernism, and so on
  • historiography of western psychology, such as Zeitgeist vs. great-person approach, presentism vs. historicism, internal history vs. external history, and so on
  • history of western psychological schools, such as act psychology, behaviorism, psychoanalysis, humanistic psychology

Monographic studies of Cognitive Neuroscience
By studying cognitive neuroscience, doctoral students can master the essential characteristics of cognitive neuroscience, read English literatures of cognitive neuroscience, understand the frontier of contemporary cognitive neuroscience, and analyze the realistic issues of cognitive neuroscience. The course contents include the methods of cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging studies of working memory, thinking activities, creative activity, and so on. Specific analysis on psychological experimental papers is used in the course.

Principles, Methods and Practices of Social Constructionist Psychology
The course aims to guide doctoral students to study social constructionist psychology as a new research paradigm in psychology after behaviorism and cognitive theory, and help students understand the new trends about development and transformation of contemporary psychology. Our course includes a combination of teaching situations: reading literature, translating the original works, group discussion, thesis writing, etc.. It focuses on the following contents:

  • the principles of social constructionist psychology, including the history and new development of social constructionist psychology, its theoretical framework (e.g., the self theory, relational theory, and so on), its significance for contemporary psychology, etc.
  • the qualitative research methods with the social constructionism oriented
  • the application of social constructionist psychology in the fields of education, consulting and management

4. Supervisors

Chang Liu, Benyu Guo, Fengyan Wang, Tifei Yuan, Dingliang Tan, Guoxiong Liu, Hong Fu, Liping Yang.