PSYC-3933 Cybernetics and Systems Theory
An introduction to the major underlying theoretical foundations of family therapy. The course will explore the historical development of systems theory and cybernetics from its origins in the 1940s in the thinking of mathematicians, physicists, biologists and engineers to the pioneering work of Bateson and his colleagues in the late -50s and their application of cybernetics to the family. The course will cover the work of Murray Bowen. The basic concepts of systems theory will be discussed and contrasted with the more common Western, analytical approach that has dominated thinking in psychology since the time of Freud. Same as FMST-3933. This course is normally offered in the fall semester.