This unusual course explores the rarely developed field of "psycho-history," which applies psychological theories and models to further understand historical figures and events. This particular class will focus on the idea of "deviance" : how it originated and developed, and how it has affected people and cultures both psychologically and historically. This will range all the way from examining ideas about demons and demonization, to exploring psychological concepts of deviant and abnormal behavior. We'll investigate how and why people have scapegoated various antagonists figures, and often developed elaborate superstitions and ideologies based on ideas about "the other." We'll also encounter a whole variety of "deviant" figures throughout history, ranging from demons and witches to more modern conceptions (and misconceptions) of the "insane" and "criminally insane," debates about the nature of sociopathy and psychopathy, and even arguments about what constitutes the "normal."