Department of Psychology
Summer 2017 Study Abroad Course
Guten tag! Over the summer, 32 UMD undergraduate students studied the history of mental health treatment from ancient times to the present day. Vienna was chosen due to its significance in psychology’s timeline at the turn-of-the-20th century through notable figures such as Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler, Carl Jung, Viktor Frankl, and Melanie Klein. Students also visited the nearby cities of Salzburg, Austria and Budapest, Hungary.
The 3-credit course, titled “Freud’s Footsteps: Psychotherapy Then and Now” (PSYC438F), took place over three week during June. The course was created and taught by Dr. Kevin McGann who was assisted by Ms. Lori Kader. The course was held in a historic international education center in downtown Vienna, and was supplemented by group field trips and guided tours of the city of Vienna, Freud’s apartment and therapy practice, and continental Europe’s first inpatient psychiatric hospital (Narrenturm, or “Fool’s Tower”). The group also met with psychology students and faculty from the University of Vienna. Students lived in shared apartments.
Learn more about the students’ experiences abroad through their shared course blog, with pictures and posts about their learning and travels.
This course was offered once previously in 2013, and likely will be offered again in Summer, 2019.