Cultural and Historical Perspectives on Psychological Disorders|
The goal of this course is to introduce students to historical and cultural studies of the naming and treatment of disordered or abnormal kinds of persons. The course surveys the history of observing, categorizing, and treating what are taken to be abnormal persons. Attention is given to theories that explain modern psychopathologies in cultural terms, including the work of Erving Goffman, Emily Martin, Jonathan Metzl, Michel Foucault, and Ian Hacking. The course focuses on a selective set of psychopathologies that represent disorders of thinking, mood, and life experiences. These exemplary studies enable critical examination of dynamic relations between cultural conditions, detection and treatment of mental disease, and the self-understandings of those so diagnosed.
Two integrative papers with feedback from instructors will permit acquisition of written communication skills.
||Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: PSYC101 OR PSYC105
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PSYC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Herzberg, D., HAPPY PILLS: FROM MILTOWN TO PROZAC (2009)
Leys, R., TRAUMA: A GENEOLOGY (2000)
Metzl, J. (forthcoming book on schizophrenia in America)
Sass, L., MADNESS AND MODERNISM: INSANITY IN THE LIGHT OF MODERN ART, LITERATURE, AND THOUGHT (1992)
Szasz, THE MYTH OF MENTAL ILLNESS (1961)
Young, A. THE HARMONY OF ILLUSION: INVENTING POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (1995)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two 5-7 page papers focused on specific psychiatric disorders linking themes in the course across traditional academic boundaries; oral presentation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is linked with PSYC247. Students who enroll in this course are required to also enroll in PSYC247 in the same term. Because there are prerequisites for this course, the permission of the instructor is required.
Only one course can be taken as non-graded towards the psychology major. This is a column 2 breadth course towards the psychology major. Students who have taken PSYC259 Discovering the Person cannot take this course.
|Instructor(s): Morawski,Jill G. Times: .MTWRF. 11:00AM-12:40PM; Location: JUDD113; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 56||SR major: 8||JR major: 8|| || |
|Seats Available: 48||GRAD: 8||SR non-major: 8||JR non-major: 8||SO: 8||FR: 8|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
|Total Submitted Requests: 2||1st Ranked: 1||2nd Ranked: 1||3rd Ranked: 0||4th Ranked: 0||Unranked: 0|