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GAUER, Gustavo and GOMES, William Barbosa. The course of reforms: psychology teaching in Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (1971-1979). Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2002, vol.15, n.3, pp. 497-513. ISSN 1678-7153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722002000300005.
Psychology teaching in Brazil was substantially modified when the profession was officially regulated in 1962, and, in the same decade, when the reform of higher education reorganized universities in departments. Through the collection of both documented data and accounts from people who took part in the focused events, this study describes the history of Psychology teaching in UFRGS, from the installation of the Department of Psychology in 1971, to the legal admission of its undergraduate program, in 1979. The study of Psychology in the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) started in the 1940's, within Philosophy courses. Nevertheless, an undergraduate career for psychologists in that university was not created until 1973. The history here reported reflects the legal and bureaucratic conditions that ruled the Department and its related organs, and the changes in the faculty which occurred in the period. Therefore, the cycle wich began in the cathedrae era had a new chapter, oriented by integration of research and teaching in Psychology. That set of conditions determined the history of Psychology in UFRGS, as well as in virtually all higher education establishments across the country.
Keywords : History of Psychology; Brazil; higher education; undergraduate programmes.