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Undergraduate Course: Madness and Society in Britain since c.1830 (ECSH10083)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course aims to provide students with a firm understanding of the forces - social, medical and political - that have shaped British attitudes and responses towards madness during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It will be considered how certain social groups have attracted labels such as 'normal', 'diseased' and 'deviant'. Students will be encouraged to evaluate these concepts critically, to examine the dynamics at work behind their construction, and to relate them to broader processes of social change.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Directors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  26
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course will be assessed by means of one essay of 3,000 words, which will count for 30% of the final mark; an oral presentation will count for 10% and one two-hour examination will count for 60% of the final mark.
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- engage critically with the key historical debates, theories, methodologies and concepts encountered in the history of psychiatry, and how they relate to broader processes of social change
- show, through essays and examinations, the ability to collect, analyse and compare primary and secondary evidence in order to assemble a structured, coherent and supported argument.
- demonstrate, through participation in seminars, the ability to produce sound, structured and supported arguments, and to process and respond to the arguments of others
- display good time management and the ability to organise the workload effectively in order to meet the established deadlines
- employ sensitivity and nuance in dealing with the potentially difficult and emotive issues of sexuality
- the introduction for assessment for oral presentations is consistent with the course's Intended Learning Outcomes that students 'engage critically with key historical debates, theories and methodologies', and that they 'demonstrate the ability to produce sound, structured and supported arguments'.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsMadness & Society
Course organiserDr Gayle Davis
Course secretaryMrs Caroline Cullen
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781
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