Madness & Psychiatry (HIST*3640) | College of Arts

Madness & Psychiatry (HIST*3640)

Code and section: HIST*3640*01

Term: Fall 2017

Instructor: Linda Mahood


Course Synopsis:

This course will explore the history of psychiatry since 1800. Through lectures, class discussions, and group presentations on topics including the history of asylums, the rise and fall of hysteria, and the development of psychoanalysis, we will explore ways in which psychiatry had related to sexuality, gender, religion, war, pharmacy, surgery, art, literature and cinema.

Methods of Evaluation and Weights:

Class participation 15%
Short response on Dora 5%
Short response on The Bell Jar 5%
Group annotated bibliography 5%
Group presentation 15%
Individual proposal and annotated bibliography 5%
Final individual essay 25%
Final take-home exam 25%

Required Reading:

Edward Shorter, A History of Psychiatry. From the Era of the Asylum to the Age of Innocence. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1997.
Sigmund Freud, A Case of Hysteria (Dora). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar. London: Faber and Faber, 1966
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper (available on D2L)
Michel Foucault, "The Great Confinement" (available on D2L)
Films (available at the library or through the instructor)


*Please note:  This is a preliminary web course description only.  The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description.  The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.