20 Credits AUTUMN

Pre-requisites: Pass in at least two Level One History Units HST112-120

Pass in at least two Level One History Units HST112-120

Aims/Description: This course charts the history of psychiatry and mental health in Britain. We start at the First World War, with the large-scale management of psychiatric casualties (shell-shock). We will look at the uptake of psychoanalysis in interwar Britain, contrasted with `extreme' asylum treatments such as lobotomy and insulin coma therapy. We shall then gauge the impact of the National Health Service from 1948, the closure of the asylums, and the impact of new drug therapies (including the iconic Prozac). Finally we shall analyse the rise of patient activism, and the emergence of new `epidemic' illnesses such as depression and self-harm.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Practical skills assessment

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK