Madness and Insanity: A Social History
From the CTY Course Catalog (2018):
This is a course only offered to students in the Institute for Advanced Critical and Cultural Studies program. Collectively, humanity’s view of what constitutes psychological normalcy—and how to regain or maintain it—has never been static. Despite our growing scientific knowledge about brain chemistry and anatomy, even today it remains unclear what “insanity” actually entails. This course explores psychopathology through the lenses of history, sociology, philosophy, and the law. Beyond simply learning about the contents of the DSM-5, students will question the very premise of “abnormal” psychology, coming to understand it for the construct it is.