HISTORY 265 - Minds and Brains in America
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

What is the mind? And how does it relate to the brain? These are old, even ancient questions, but it is only in the last two centuries that specific scientific fields have arisen to answer them. This course explores the history of those fields (psychology, psychiatry, and cognitive science) and their impact on American politics, popular culture, and private life.

The science and medicine of mind and brain have deeply shaped who we are, what we do, and how we treat others (including people, animals, and machines). This course examines key moments in this history: from the rise of the asylum and phrenology around 1800, through the growth of eugenics and psychoanalysis a century later, to the advent of fMRI and artificial intelligence in recent years. By tracing the tools used to study, police, and alter the minds and brains of ordinary Americans, we will work toward a new history of scientific authority in the United States.

Course Requirements:

2 in-class exams (midterm and final), three short essays (in the form of blog posts) and participation.

Intended Audience:

Open to students of all levels, this course provides crucial context for science students (including pre-meds), while introducing humanities students to key scientific and medical concepts.

Class Format:

Two 90-minute lectures and one 60-minute discussion section per week.

HISTORY 265 - Minds and Brains in America
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
31574
Open
89
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
31575
Open
3
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
31576
Open
19
 
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W 9:00AM - 10:00AM
004 (DIS)
P
31577
Open
25
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
31578
Open
18
 
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W 10:00AM - 11:00AM
006 (DIS)
P
31579
Open
12
 
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W 11:00AM - 12:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
31580
Open
12
 
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W 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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