Courses: Movies and Madness (PSYCB375001)

Fall 2013

Class Number: 1423
This writing-intensive seminar (maximum enrollment = 16 students) deals with critical analysis of how various forms of psychopathology are depicted in films. The primary focus of the seminar will be evaluating the degree of correspondence between the cinematic presentation and current research knowledge about the disorder, taking into account the historical period in which the film was made. For example, we will discuss how accurately the symptoms of the disorder are presented and how representative the protagonist is of people who typically manifest this disorder based on current research. We will also address the theory of etiology of the disorder depicted in the film, including discussion of the relevant intellectual history in the period when the film was made and the prevailing accounts of psychopathology in that period. Another focus will be how the film portrays the course of the disorder and how it depicts treatment for the disorder. This cinematic presentation will be evaluated with respect to current research on treatment for the disorder as well as the historical context of prevailing treatment for the disorder at the time the film was made. Prerequisite: PSYC B209.
Div: III; Haverford: Humanities (HU)
Enrollment Limit: 16; Enrollment Criteria: Junior or Senior PSYC major;

Fulfills: Class Nbr: 1423 Div: III; HU


Psychology (Web site)

Taught By



Bryn Mawr, BYC100,TH224

Meeting Times

W 2:00pm-4:00pm,T 7:00pm-10:00pm