World History: A Psychohistory of the Modern World|
Spring 2009 not offered
|Certificates: International Relations|
We will examine the often neglected psychological dimension of modern history. First, we will explore major works on the relationship of psyche, society, and culture and how they change in modern times. 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; 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; the effects of world wars, civil wars, and revolutions; Nazism, Stalinism, and Maoism; Gandhi and Satyagraha; postcolonialism; the United States as a psychological laboratory; the women's movement, gender revolution, and the emergence of postmodern, protean psyches.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PSYC)(SISP-Hist Conc)
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.
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There will be three short essays and a longer final essay.
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