World History: A Psychohistory of the Modern World|
|Certificates: International Relations|
We will examine the often neglected psychological dimension of modern history. First, we will explore processes of global change in the modern period. Then, using a variety of materials, including memoirs, fiction, and film, we will examine how peoples in widely differing cultures and with very different levels of wealth and power adapted to modernization. Several variants of psychoanalysis will be critically examined and applied to a range of topics, among them, the impact of global economic change on the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe; the adoption of new cultural forms and accompanying changes of psychology and identity; racism and anti-Semitism; the impact of European imperialism and cultural exportation on the Americas, Africa and Asia; the effects of world wars, civil wars, and revolutions; Nazism, Stalinism, and Maoism; Gandhi and Satyagraha; postcolonialism, the Cold War, and the disintegration of the Communist bloc; the USA as a psychological laboratory; the women's movement, gender revolution, and the emergence of "postmodern," protean psyches.
||Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Lecture/Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PSYC)(SISP-Hist Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Special Attributes: FYI|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
E. Erikson, CHILDHOOD AND SOCIETY
F. Fanon, BLACK SKIN, WHITE MASKS
S. Freud, CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS
Eric Hobsbawm, THE AGE OF EXTREMES
C. Lasch, THE CULTURE OF NARCISSISM
Eric Wolf, EUROPE AND THE PEOPLES WITHOUT HISTORY
There will also be shorter readings on a variety of topics and three films.
|Examination and Assignments: |
There will be three short essays and a longer final essay.
|Instructor(s): Pomper,Philip Times: .M.W.F. 10:00AM-10:50AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 20||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 3||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 20|