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Steven Hoelscher, Chair Burdine 437, Mailcode B7100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-7277

Spring 2010

AMS 390 • Birth of Psychotherapy

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29875 M
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
GAR 1.122

Course Description

This course will explore themes in the history of psychotherapy (not just psychoanalysis), one of the most important social, cultural, and scientific innovations of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will concentrate on its basic history and accounts of its roots in Western religion, culture and science, and will also consider the literature attempting to gauge the ways in which it has affected modern culture. Writing assignments will be geared toward responses to various approaches to the study of psychotherapy as a phenomenon; A final paper will focus on a review of secondary literature or a research paper, especially if sufficient primary materials are easily available. Students will be encouraged to write in areas that are most relevant to their interests, in consultation with me, including but not limited to history, popular culture, religion, race, and gender.


Possible Texts:
Frank, Jerome, Persuasion and Healing (Johns Hopkins University Press; third edition)
Freud, Sigmund, The Question of Lay Analysis (Norton)
Heinze, Andrew, Jews and the American Soul (Princeton University Press)
James, William, The Varieties of Religious Experience (Least expensive edition)
Jung, Carl, Modern Man in Search of a Soul
Makari, George, Revolution in Mind: The Creation of Psychoanalysis (Harper)
May, Rollo, Psychology and the Human Dilemma (Norton)
Rieff, Phillip, The Triumph of the Therapeutic


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