"Madness", Medicine and Society since the Enlightenment (HIH2031A)

30 credits

This module explores the ways in which ‘madness’ has been understood, experienced and treated since the eighteenth century. It will look at understandings of ‘insanity’ and the rise of psychiatry in eighteenth century; trace new theories of ‘moral insanity’ through the nineteenth century; and explore more recent models of mental illness, which are founded upon biological psychiatry – the notion that mental illness is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. The module also asks important questions about what it has been like to experience psychological symptoms through time and space (the patient’s perspective) and examines some of the social, legal and ethical implications that have been central to debates about mental illness.