This course explores the history behind today’s psychotherapeutic landscape, looking at sites ranging from the clinician’s office to the modern workplace to the media. We look at the development, methods, aims, efficacy, and limitations of a range of psychotherapeutic modalities from Freud’s time to our own—among them psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, manualized, and evidence-based treatments as well as family, sex, and group therapies. We also explore how, in the midst of challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, longstanding therapeutic precepts have been... Read more about Psychotherapy and the Modern Self (Course Instructor: Elizabeth Lunbeck)
This new course offers an opportunity to explore some of the unfinished business of modern-day mental health care through an historical lens, from incarceration to health inequities to trauma to the role of drugs and biological thinking. Mental health matters! But history matters too, because understanding the forces that have brought us to our current moment arms us with insights that allow us to do better. This course has also been built from the ground up, to take advantage of the potential of online learning. The course may be online, but it is far...
Sophomore tutorial is a hands-on course that introduces students to some of the most exciting and productive questions in the history of science, technology and medicine, while developing critical reading, presentation and discussion skills. Small groups of students will tackle different aspects of a larger theme each week and share discoveries in sessions led by the faculty instructor. The course will be further enhanced by a series of supervised individual projects.
Students will encounter the ethical dilemmas of medical practice throughout their lives, whether with their own health, or with the health their families and friends. This course will equip them with the tools of moral philosophy so that they can recognize, critique, and craft arguments grounded in appeals to utilitarianism, deontology, or rights. But the course will focus on historical analysis of the debates so that students understand how social, economic, and political contexts have influenced moral reasoning. By clarifying their own thinking in the classroom, students will be better... Read more about Medical Ethics and History (Course Instructor: David S. Jones)