HIST 484
Victorian Psychology from the Phrenologists to Freud Fall 2021
Division II Writing Skills

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Although the Victorian era has traditionally been considered a psycho-social model of emotional inhibition and sexual prudery, recent studies, by scholars in various disciplines, have demonstrated that this characterization grossly oversimplifies the attitudes toward emotional and sexual life held by Europeans and Americans in the second half of the nineteenth century. This course will investigate professional and popular ideas about human psychology during the Victorian era. We will attempt to define and understand what people thought and felt about insanity, the unconscious, dreams, sexuality, the relationship between natural impulses and civilized society, child psychology and development, the psychological differences between men and women, the relationship between the physical and the psychical. The course will concentrate on the close reading and analysis of primary documents from the era.
The Class: Format: tutorial; Once they have been selected, student pairs will meet with the professor for an hour at a regularly scheduled time each week.
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1699
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Students will meet with the instructor in pairs once a week. Every other week each student will present a paper of approximately 5-7 pages on a topic determined by the instructor, due by 5pm the day before the tutorial meeting. The student not writing the paper will critique the paper written by their tutorial partner. Each student will write six papers and serve as a critic on the six papers of their tutorial partner.
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Junior and senior History majors
Unit Notes: Fulfills the department's seminar requirement for graduation with a degree in History
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
WS Notes: As a tutorial, with each student writing a paper every other week, this course meets the writing skills requirement.
Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia

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