Undergraduate Course: In Search of Modern Selves: Psychiatry and Psychotherapies in India and Japan, 1880 - the Present (HIST10372)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course introduces students to a number of pressing contemporary problems concerning the modern self and mental health.
This course introduces students to a number of pressing contemporary
problems concerning the modern self and mental health, currently being
debated within the 'psy disciplines' - psychiatry, psychotherapy, and
psychology - and by historians/anthropologists of transcultural mental health. We tackle these problems by framing them historically, with a comparative focus on modern India and Japan (including their relationship with the West) and via the theories and techniques of medical anthropology and philosophy of psychiatry. Our core primary source materials include: letters, novels, books, and autobiographies produced by pioneering Indian and Japanese psy professionals and thinkers, alongside clinical case reports, reports of fieldwork, published patient testimony, film, and other art forms. Although our focus is upon exploring contemporary dilemmas through an historical lens, for the sake of clarity and ease of learning the course progresses broadly along chronological lines.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass in 40 credits of third level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 50 3780).
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- An ability to tackle contemporary cultural questions, especially relating to selfhood and mental health, by framing these in historical and cross-cultural comparative terms;
- An ability to discuss subtle and sensitive topics, such as these, in a rigorous and careful manner, and writing about them in essay format;
- A strong general understanding of India and Japan's cultural history from 1880 to the Present, especially as it pertains to selfhood and mental health;
- A strong general understanding of how the 'psy disciplines' - psychiatry, psychotherapy, psychology - have emerged historically, both in the West and in Asia, and of their general principles of operation;
- A familiarity with the basic languages and methodologies of medical anthropology and philosophy of psychiatry, and be able to deploy these in tandem with standard techniques of the modern historian.
|Anthony Elliott, Concepts of the Self (Third Edition, 2014). |
Jerrold Seigel, The Idea of the Self: Thought and Experience in Western Europe Since the Seventeenth Century (2005)
Edward Shorter, A History of Psychiatry: From the Era of the Asylum to the Age of Prozac
James Mills, ¿The History of Modern Psychiatry in India, 1858 ¿ 1947¿, History of Psychiatry, 12 (2001)¿
Christopher Harding, Iwata Fumiaki, and Yoshinaga Shin¿ichi (eds), Religion and Psychotherapy in Modern Japan (2014)¿
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||- Enhanced reasoning skills where the careful choice of illustrative primary and secondary reading material is concerned.
- Ability to present and to defend in debate a set of ideas on a specific topic.
- Ability to combine theoretical methodologies in a coherent and productive way.
- Confidence in general group discussions.
- Awareness of the origins and principle themes in pressing contemporary questions of culture and mental health.
- Enhanced essay-writing abilities, developed through tackling conceptually complex topics with guidance from course organizer
|Course organiser||Dr Christopher Harding
Tel: (0131 6)50 9960
|Course secretary||Miss Alexandra Adam
Tel: (0131 6)50 3767