Normality and Abnormality (PSY2204.01)

David Anderegg

This course is an examination of the idea of normality as a central organizing principle in psychology. We begin with an effort to define normality and/or psychological health, and then move on to examine the limits or borders of normality. The course examines the value-laden, historically determined, and political nature of psychological normality. Topics discussed include: psychoanalytic contributions to the study of psychopathology (Freud and Erikson); normality and creativity; contemporary psychiatry; and the politics of mental illness. Students write two short and one longer final paper on issues raised in the course.

Prerequisites: None
Credits: 4
M 8:00am - 9:50am; Th 8:00am - 9:50am
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as All courses, Four Credit, 2000, Psychology, David Anderegg, Monday and/or Thursday Mornings.