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School of History

HST5314 - Madness and Medicine in Modern Britain

How psychiatry has helped us understand modern Britain.

Module code: HST5314

Credits: 15

Module Convenor: Dr Claire Martin

Psychiatry has been foundational to our understanding of a wide range of modern concepts from identity and responsibility through to illness and agency.

This module will provide a broad overview of the discipline from the beginning of state regulated asylums through to the advent of care in the community. Using a mixture of secondary sources and a selection of primary texts, we will examine how the diagnosis and treatment of madness has been shaped through the rich interaction of social, scientific, economic and cultural factors.

Assessment: Essay 50% and Take Home Exam 50%
Level: 5

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