Syllabus: Pols, “History and Philosophy of Psychology and Psychiatry”

This is another installment in our series on university and college courses dealing with the history of madness, mental illness, and psychiatry.

Hans Pols is co-editor of H-Madness and senior lecturer at the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney. He is interested in the history of psychiatry and the mental hygiene movement in North America and Europe, psychiatric war syndromes, and colonial psychiatry, in particular in the Dutch East Indies.

This course is a collaboration between the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science and the Department of Psychology at the University of Sydney and is an amalgamation of two separate courses; one on the history of psychiatry, and a second one on the history and philosophy of psychology. It fulfils requirements for the major in both departments. About 80% of the students are psychology majors.

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