HIST 2721

HIST 2721

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2019-2020.

This course examines the history of mental illness—its conception and treatment—in the United States, from the early 1800s to the present, focusing on four major questions: (1) How have understandings of mental illness been developed and deployed by psychologists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, and social workers, and how have those understandings varied across time and place? (2) How have understandings and treatments of mental illness shaped, and been shaped by, conceptions of race, class, gender, and sexuality? (3) In what ways have treatment of mental illness and "social deviance" operated as a form of social control? (4) How do conceptions of mental illness come to circulate in popular culture and everyday life? Pairing historical scholarship with autobiographical writing and case studies from the 1800s to the present, the course moves chronologically in order to track, and draw connections between, a wide range of movements within American psychological and social welfare history, including the creation and closing of mental hospitals, the pathologization of racial, gender, and sexual difference, psychopharmacology, anti-psychiatry, and the politics of diagnosis.

When Offered Spring.

Distribution Category (HA-AS)
Course Subfield (HNA)

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: AMST 2722BSOC 2721STS 2721

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17164HIST 2721  LEC 001

  • 17178HIST 2721  DIS 201

  • 17179HIST 2721  DIS 202

  • 17180HIST 2721  DIS 203

  • 17181HIST 2721  DIS 204