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Cultures of Madness course intro

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Transcript of Cultures of Madness course intro

Week 13 (30 Nov). Or in fact, you are not mad at all
Week 12 (23 Nov). You are mad because you are a genius
Week 8 (2 of Nov): You are mad because you are gay
Week 2. (14 Sep) You are mad because you are locked up: histories of asylums
Week 3 (21 Sep): You are mad because you are seeing a doctor: the birth of “psy” sciences
Week 5 (5 Oct): You are mad because you are not white: racial sciences, colonial “psy” sciences
Week 4 (28 Sep): You are mad because Freud says so: history and legacy of psychoanalysis
noun [mass noun]
the state of having a serious mental illness: in his madness he destroyed the work of years
extremely foolish behaviour:it is madness to allow children to roam around after dark [count noun]:the new laws are a madness
a state of wild or chaotic activity:at midnight it’s absolute madness in here

Cultures of Madness
CCHU9063 Course Introduction
What is Madness? go to www.menti.com
and use the code 92 43 95
Phillippe Pinel, 1745-1826
The Bedlam
(10 Sep) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Ken Kesey 1962)
The split between mind and body
insulin shock
bath therapy
Freud in Context
Rise and fall of psychohistory
Legacy of Freud
psychodynamic psychiatry
literary criticism
creative writing
daily life

Culture bound syndromes & transcultural psychiatry
Week 7 (27 Oct): You are mad because you are/not Communist
Shellshock to PTSD
Week 6 (12 Oct): You are mad because you are chicken
Soviet Psychiatry
Serbsky Central Research Institute
Joseph Brodsky
Ewen Cameron
female malady
Week 10 (16 Nov): You are mad because you are unruly.
Social Problem
Moral deficit
Creativity and madness represented
creativity and madness explained
Week 9 (9 of Nov). You are mad because you want to kill yourself:
Émile Durkheim 1858-1917
Suicide "medicalised" (Thomas Szasz)
The Institutionalization of Death
abnormalisation of non-hospital death
Erich Fromm (1930-1988)
“That millions of people share the same forms of mental pathology does not make these people sane.”
Week 12. You are mad because you are a celeb
Media and Madness: what is their relationship like?
Madness on the news
Madness on the silver screen
"Madness is no longer an acceptable term to use in polite company. For psychiatrist, its use is a provocation, an implicit rejection of their claims to expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, and symptomatic of a wilful refusal to accept the findings of modern medical science." Andrew Scull 2008
History of madness:
history of medicine?
history of emotion?
history of culture?
history of literature & arts?
Social responses to madness (in what society? with what methods? For what purposes?)
Literary and artistic interpretation of madness
Cultural construction of Madness (What culture?)
Institutionalisation / medicalisation of madness (asylums, psy-sciences, diagnoses-putting names to it, drugs...)
History of rationalisation.
You'll be learning....

1. From Week 3 (21 of Sep.) Short Responses will be collected at the end of each lecture based on the content delivered in class. Each response weighs 2% of the overall grade
2. Students need to produce three reflective journal essays (around 1,500 words, no more than 1,800 words) and submit them via Moodle (turnitin). Each essay weighs 20% of the overall grade. Note: plagiarism is strictly prohibited and will result in penalty.

Office: Tues 10:00-13:00 teaching week
A1-02 William MK Mong Block, 21 Sassoon Road
Lectures: Weds 16:30-18:30
Michel Foucault 1926-1984
Roy Porter 1946-2002
Harry Wu
, MD, DPhil (History)

Timmy Chen
Teaching Assistant, MEHU

Cansu Canca
Lecturer, MEHU

Medical Ethics and Humanities Unit
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine

5 of Nov, 10:30 MWT4
1) After watching One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, in what ways do you think the scenarios in the film reflect the characteristics of the total institution and moral careers of inmates? Due on 2 of Oct., 2016.

2) What do you think is the role of a doctor who recognized the need to diagnose traumatized soldiers? Base your reflective essay on examples mentioned in class and tutorial reading. Due on 30 of Oct., 2016.

3) Drawing on Wu Fei’s article, what do you think suicide speaks about the modern problems in Hong Kong? Due on 27 of Nov., 2016.
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