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LernerCORE 103syllabus

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CORE 103: The Process of Change in ScienceProf. Paul Lerner Fall Semester 2009Office: SOS 276 Classroom: THH 114Tel. 740-1653 Lecture Times: 11-12:20 T, ThEmail: plerner@usc.edu Office Hours: Wed. 10-12 & by appointmentTeaching Assistant: Elizabeth Logan (elizabal@usc.edu).Discussion Sections: Fridays 9-9:50 THH 119; 10-10:50 THH 112
Madness, Science and Society in the Modern West
Course Description and GoalsFor some two centuries Western medicine has been trying to construct a science of the mind andits functions. Over this period various approaches to understanding mental disorders have arisenand (in most cases) then fallen out of favor, and mental illnesses have been repeatedlyreclassified, re-categorized and re-conceptualized since the beginnings of professional psychiatry. Similarly, treatment methods and ways of handling mentally ill patients havefluctuated over time, from the so-called moral treatment of the late eighteenth century, throughthe rise of psychiatric science in the nineteenth, the birth of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis inthe early twentieth, the era of somatic cures in the mid twentieth, and our own age of  psychopharmacology.This course explores the roughly two centuries-long history of psychiatry and studies theformation of scientific knowledge about the mind, self and psyche. How have perceptions andrepresentations of insanity changed over time and across cultures? How have different societiesand regimes defined, diagnosed, categorized and dealt with mentally ill people? In what ways doideas about madness reflect broader cultural currents and social transformations? How isknowledge about the mind part of larger systems of power and social organization? How havediagnoses and treatments of mental illness reflected and intensified notions of gender, race andclass? Finally, how do market forces shape conceptualizations and treatments of mental illnessand sanity?The class investigates these and other issues through primary source readings — by doctors and patients — and through historical, sociological and theoretical accounts of psychiatry’s history — by both clinicians and historians. We will also use literature and film to study therepresentation of mental illness and mental science in several contexts. Assignments include amidterm, a final exam, a paper and weekly writing assignments for section.Requirements and Grading• Class participation. Class sessions will consist of a mixture of lecture and discussion.Attendance is mandatory, and it is essential that you come to every class session prepared, i.e.
that you have read and thought about the assigned material and that you participate actively indiscussions. (If you know in advance that you will have to miss a class, please let me know.)• Midterm Exam. In class, October 13.• Paper. 9-12 pages, due at the beginning of class on December 3.• Final Exam. Tuesday, December 15, 8-10 AM.• Short Writing Assignments. Due in Friday sections.• Final Grade. Grades will be calculated by the following formula: Midterm (20%), Paper (25%), Final Exam (25%), Short Writing Assignments (20%), Class Participation (10%).Required Reading:The following books, required for this class are available at the bookstore and on reserve atLeavey Library:Healy, David,
Mania : a Short History of Bipolar Disorder 
(Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press,2008) 9780801888229Metzl, Jonathan,
 Prozac on the Couch : prescribing gender in the era of wonder drugs
(Durham:Duke, 2003) 082 233061XRabinow, Paul, (ed),
The Foucault Reader 
(New York: Pantheon) 0394713400Gay, Peter (ed),
The Freud Reader 
(New York: Norton) 0393314030Gilman, Charlotte Perkins,
The Yellow Wallpaper 
(New York: The Feminist Press) 0912670096Shorter, Edward
 A History of Psychiatry. From the Era of the Asylum to the Age of Prozac
(NewYork: Wiley) 047115749XRequired FilmsThe following movies can be viewed in Leavey Library. You should watch them on your own by the date indicated or, if schedules permit, we will organize evening screenings.
The Madness of King George
dir. Nicholas Hytner, 1995 (September 10)
dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1945 (October 27)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 
dir. Milos Forman, 1975 (November 24)
Students with DisabilitiesStudents requesting academic accommodations due to disabilities must register with DisabilityServices and Programs (DSP) as early in the semester as possible (STU 301, tel. 740-0776).Please bring me your letter of verification for approved accommodations early in the semester,and let me know if you need any assistance with this process.Topics, Schedule & Assignments(Readings marked with
can be found in the course reader.)August 25Course IntroductionI Pre-Modern Madness and the Origins of PsychiatryAugust 27Pre-Modern MadnessReading: Andrew Boorde, “The Kyndes of Madness;” Thomas Willis, “Hysteriaand the Nervous Stock” etc.; John Locke, “An Essay Concerning HumanUnderstanding”
September 1The Origins of Psychiatry, 1Reading:
The Foucault Reader 
, pp. 124-167, 273-289September 3The Origins of Psychiatry, take 2Reading, Shorter,
 A History of Psychiatry
, chapter 1II Moral Treatment and the World of the AsylumSeptember 8Pinel: The First Psychiatrist?Reading: Philippe Pinel,
 A Treatise on Insanity
, Section 2
September 10The Case of George IIIGeorge III: “Report from the Committee Appointed to Examine the PhysiciansWho Have Attended His Majesty” (1788)
The Madness of King George
September 15The Asylum and the Age of Therapeutic OptimismReading: W.A.F. Browne, “The Asylum as Utopia”
September 17From Curing to Storing: The End of OptimismReading: Shorter,
, ch. 2; Healy,
, pp. 37-51September 22Asylum Architecture: Space and PoweReading:
 Foucault Reader 
, pp. 239-256

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