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BSc Biology with Science & Society / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Madness and Society
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
This unit introduces you to the social, cultural, intellectual and institutional history of madness, psychiatry and mental health. Through lectures, seminars and reading a combination of primary sources and secondary analyses, you will gain an appreciation of:
- How mental illness has been understood, by experts and by everyday people
- How mental illness has been managed, socially and institutionally
- How science, medicine, and culture interact in shaping responses to mental illness
Our focus is primarily on the period 1780 to the present, and primarily on the UK, but with some discussion of Western Europe and North America.
This unit explores the history of mental illness and 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 also relates changing ideas and approaches to mental illness, health, and functioning to larger questions in the history of the medical and biological sciences.
Essay (50%) and 2 hour examination (50%)
Students will receive individual feedback on all of their written assignments as well as general feedback given to the whole class.
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|Assessment written exam||2|
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|Carsten Timmermann||Unit coordinator|