The approach to psychology taught at the SFU is explicitly embedded within the cultural and social sciences. In this respect, the SFU offers an alternative to current approaches of psychology as belonging to the natural sciences; an approach dominant in mainstream psychology and usually represented by most other universities.
“Alternative,” however, does not mean “opposition.” Rather, different approaches are introduced, emphasising their roots in varying views of the world and influences of heterogeneous historical, cultural, and geo-political situations. Teaching various approaches in relation to their contextual origins allows to demonstrate how specific situations are reflected within specific research endeavors, and how these have either been surpassed by novel queries and ideas or prevail to hold true until today.
Psychological issues are also often addressed from neighboring scientific disciplines. In our lectures, one of our goals is to promote such affiliations and to point to overlaps and confusions with other disciplines as graduates are expected to work constructively in their own field of expertise while collaborating with representatives of other disciplines. For example, it can be very helpful to address social issues concerning migration and inter-culturalism from psychological as well we sociological, anthropological, economical, or linguistic perspectives.
The SFU Bachelor’s programme in psychology (degree: BSc) represents the basic level of a full study programme in psychology, with a consecutive Master’s programme (degree: MSc.). In the Master’s programme, the specialisation modules in Business and Economic Psychology are currently offered in English.
Starting in the winter semester 2019/20, a PhD programme is available in the German Psychology Programme.