2023-2024 / PSYC5866-1

Theoretical foundations of psychological sciences


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in ancient and modern languages and literatures5 crédits 
 Bachelor in ancient languages and literatures : classics5 crédits 
 Bachelor in information and communication5 crédits 
 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : German, Dutch and English5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history5 crédits 
 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : musicology5 crédits 
 Bachelor in ancient languages and literatures : Oriental studies (Registrations are closed)5 crédits 
 Bachelor in philosophy5 crédits 
 Bachelor in French and Romance languages and literatures : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in psychology and education : speech and language therapy3 crédits 
 Bachelor in psychology and education : general3 crédits 


André Ferrara

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Objects and methods of psychology; brief historical overview; psychological questions presented through several major psychological perspectives: biological, behavioral, cognitive, systemic and humanistic. General overview of psychology.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Introduction to the fundamental concepts of scientific psychology. Acquisition of general knowledge. It will be question of seeing how important notions such as personality, emotion, learning and memory, motivation or psychological disorders are approached within the different psychological perspectives.
The course contributes to the development of critical thinking in relation to psychology issues. Among the topics covered:

  • Definition of psychology.
  • Introduction to several psychological perspectives. 
  • Biological basis of the behavior.
  • Sensation and perception.
  • Learning.
  • Memory.
  • Thinking and intelligence.
  • Motivation and emotion.
  • Stress and health.
  • Psychological disorders and psychotherapy.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Ex cathedra.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)


Recommended or required readings

Required manual: K. Huffman (2020). Introduction à la psychologie. De Boeck. 
PDF files. Content and illustrations complementary to the textbook will be provided through PDF files associated to face-to-face sessions.

Both the manual and the PDF files of the oral course are part of the matter to be studied.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

In general, all communications will go through eCampus. You will also find the PDF files associated with the face-to-face sessions.


Ferrara André (04/366.22.32 - a.ferrara@uliege.be)

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