Spring 2015

History of Psychiatry

Listed in: Psychology, as PSYC-357

Formerly listed as: PSYC-57

Moodle site: Course


Lisa A. Raskin (Section 01)


Though the history of madness is as old as humanity, the field of psychiatry has come of age over the past 300 years. The understanding and treatment of mental illness within the psychiatric profession has drawn upon neurological and medical, as well as psychological and psychodynamic points of view. An emerging field, Neuropsychoanalysis, attempts to integrate the two. This course will survey psychiatry’s evolution, with special emphasis on the major contributions that have changed perspectives and directions in psychiatric medicine. We will also review the history of how mentally-ill patients have been housed, from custodial asylums to de-institutionalization and community-based programs, as a reflection of changing attitudes towards mental disease. Seminar. One class meeting per week.

Requisite: PSYC 212 and 228, or consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students.  Spring semester.  Professor Raskin.

If Overenrolled: Preference to senior majors in Psychology, others admitted to balance by class year and major.


Writing attentive


2015-16: Offered in Spring 2016
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015