Exploring Wellcome Collection: A Social History of Madness in Europe

What did it mean to suffer mental health problems in the past? How was madness understood and how were patients treated? This course looks at the history of madness in Europe. It focuses on different ways of classifying and treating insanity, and on the difference that gender and class made to treatment and diagnosis. We will explore: madness in medieval and early modern Europe; 'moral treatment' in the 18th century; the asylum age; hysteria and neurasthenia; and degeneration and mental deficiency. The course is run in partnership with the Wellcome library. Students enrolled on it will have access to its student loan collection.

This Short Course can be taken as a stand-alone course or it may be available as part of a Certificate of Higher Education.

15 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis – so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Thu 11-Jan-18 6pm-8pm

Class location Central London
Class code FFHI269H4ACB