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Module

HIS3341 : Lunatic to Citizen? Madness and Society since 1900

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Vicky Long
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module studies social responses to mental disorder in Britain over a period which saw the polarisation of sanity and madness give way to a belief that mental health and illness formed a continuum, culminating in the creation of community mental health services and the closure of psychiatric hospitals. Throughout the module, students will study different primary source materials which can be used to research the history of mental disorder and will explore the divergent interpretations advanced by different historians to account for the ways in which society - and the medical profession - has responded to mental disorder. The module adopts a thematic approach, focusing each week on a particular topic, such as treatment methods, patient perspectives, the anti-psychiatry movement of the 1960s and community care. Students will be expected to read the assigned secondary texts in preparation for the seminars, and will critically engage with primary materials pertinent to their studies. The project component encourages students to apply historical knowledge to contemporary needs, thereby identifying the ongoing contemporary relevance of the historical issues covered over the module.

Outline Of Syllabus

Seminars focus on a particular topic; students will be expected to read the assigned secondary texts and primary documents in preparation for the seminars. Indicative syllabus; the precise range of topics may vary from year to year.

•       Deinstitutionalisation and community care
•       Anti-psychiatry, mental health and the counterculture
•       Abuse and neglect? Evaluating mental hospital scandals
•       Controversial therapies in psychiatry
•       War and mental health
•       From mental deficiency to learning disability
•       Madness, race and gender
•       Life inside the asylum, c. 1900

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable