Discovering the Person: History of the Psychological Sciences|
Spring 2007 not offered
Discovering the Person surveys major developments in psychology and psychiatry from 1880-1980 with the aim of deciphering the kinds of persons that were "discovered", the techniques of discovery, and the consequences of these discoveries for public as well as private life. We examine characteristics of the new person that were located, catalogued and explained by these sciences including irrationality, sexuality, cognitive powers and fallibilities, emotional processes, neurotic behaviors, intelligence, addictive tendencies, and a receding if not nonexistent will. Considered too are the various scientific grounds for investigating persons (from realist to dynamic nominalist and social constructionist), the evidence sought in the century-long process of
finding and naming psychological kinds, and the modes of producing this knowledge (aggregate methods, case study, and theories). Readings include primary source documents, histories of the disciplines, and challenges to these scientific classifications. Students undertake class presentations as well as a historical project on a topic in the history of modern psychology.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: PSYC105 OR PSYC101 OR [HIST253 or MDST253 or SISP253]
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PSYC)
Hacking, I REWRITING THE SOUL: MULTIPLE PERSONALITY & THE SCIENCES OF MEMORY
Smith, R. HISTORY OF THE HUMAN SCIENCES
Rabinbach, A. THE HUMAN MOTOR: ORIGINS OF MODERNITY
Rosario, V.A. (ed) SCIENCE AND HOMOSEXUALITIES
Haraway, D. PRIMATE VISIONS
Pickren, W.E. & Dewsbury, D. EVOLVING PERSPECTIVES ON THE HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY.
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Short essays, exam, research paper.
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