Computer Systems Engineering (3 Years) [BEng]
Madness and Society in the Modern Age
|Unit level:||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s):||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Centre for History of Science, Technology & Medicine (L5)|
|Available as a free choice unit?:||Y
This course explores the history of psychiatry from the late eighteenth century to the present. It examines how insanity has been understood, treated, and represented within larger social, cultural, and intellectual frameworks; it will also relate changing ideas about and approaches to mental illness, health, and functioning to larger questions in the history of the medical and biological sciences. Our focus will be on developments in Britain, but with frequent reference to developments in Continental Europe and in North America
This course unit is also available as a 20credit version (UCIL 30332)
This unit introduces students to the social, cultural, intellectual and institutional history of madness, psychiatry, and mental health. Through lectures, interactive workshops, and reading a combination of primary sources and secondary analyses, students gain an appreciation of:
Teaching and learning methods
12 x 1 hour lectures
12 x 1 hour workshops
56 hours independent study
Students will able to:
- Analytical skillsEssays and workshop discussions require research and analysis of information
- Group/team workingWeekly workshops require students to work and discuss together in small groups
- ResearchStudents expected to engage in their own independent research for essays
Assessment Further Information
Essay (50%) and 2 hour examination (50%)
Topics covered in previous years include:
1 ‘The birth of the Asylum’
2] ‘The Expansion of the Asylum’
3] ‘Theorising Insanity: Minds and Bodies’
4] ‘Gender, Madness and Society’
5] ‘Race, Madness and Colonial Psychiatry’
6] ‘Freud, Psychoanalysis and Culture’
7] ‘Shell Shock, Psychiatry and War’
8] ‘The Brain, the Body, and the Mind’
9] ‘Therapy and the Post-war Institution’
10] ‘The Normal and the Difficult Child’
11] ‘The Psychiatrization of Everyday Life?’
Porter, Roy. Madness: A Brief History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Shorter, Edward. A History of Psychiatry: From the Era of the Asylum to the Age of Prozac. Chichester: Wiley, 1997.
Scull, Andrew T. Madhouse: A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.
Zaretsky, Eli. Secrets of the Soul: A Social and Cultural History of Psychoanalysis. New York: Vintage Books, 2005.
Students will receive individual feedback on all of their written assignments as well as general feedback given to the whole class.
- Assessment written exam - 2 hours
- Lectures - 12 hours
- Seminars - 12 hours
- Independent study hours - 74 hours