Skip to main content

HI383 - Madness & Society from Bedlam to the Present

  • Module code: HI383
  • Module name: Madness & Society from Bedlam to the Present
  • Department: History
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module will utilise secondary literature and a selection of primary sources to explore the relationship between madness and society from the 18th century to the present day. We will seek to understand lay and medical responses to mental disorder, based on scientific, cultural, intellectual and popular ideas and forces.

Principal learning outcomes

The module will utilise secondary literature and a selection of primary sources to explore the relationship between madness and society from the 18th century to the present day. We will seek to understand lay and medical responses to mental disorder, based on scientific, cultural, intellectual and popular ideas and forces. One session will be devoted to the patient’s view, but throughout the module we will attempt to be sensitive to the position and response of patients (and their families) to the label of insanity. A major focus of the module will be the rise of an institutional approach to the treatment of mental disorder from 18th-century ‘mad-houses’ to asylums governed according to the dictates of moral management, and then towards the end of the 19th century vast establishments silted up with ‘chronic’ long-term patients. We will also explore the apparently concomitant rise of psychiatry, as well as the responses of psychiatry’s opponents. We will focus too on the debate about the possibilities of offering care and treatment outside an asylum context and the shift to ‘care in the community’ with its mixed outcomes at the end of the 20th century.

Timetabled teaching activities

The module will be taught through 15 two-hourly seminars.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/undergraduate/modules/hi383

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: HI383-30)
B (Examination only) Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%
Assessed Course Work 50%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 50%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate French and History (R1VA) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History and Italian (R3V2) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History (V100) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History (with Year Abroad) (V101) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History and Sociology (VL13) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History and Sociology (with Year Abroad) (VL14) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History and Politics (VM11) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History and Politics (with Year Abroad) (VM12) - Year 4
  • BA in History and Culture (VR20) - Year 3
  • BA in History and Culture (VR21) - Year 3
  • BA in History and Culture (VR22) - Year 3
  • BA in History and Culture (VR23) - Year 3
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR24) - Year 4
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR25) - Year 4
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR26) - Year 4
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR27) - Year 4