The History and Status of Psychiatric Illnesses
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleFTR-FIPPSB227
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies; Opleiding Filosofie;
prof. dr. L.C. de Bruin
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. H. Westerink
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. H. Westerink
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. H. Westerink
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2023
SEM1  (04/09/2023 to 28/01/2024)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Through this course you will 
have insight in the history of psychiatry, its fundamental concepts and the philosophical reflection on this history and conceptuality,
have knowledge of fundamental discussion of normality and abnormality,  pathology and mental health,
have in sights in psychoanalytic and phenomenological critique of dominant paradigms in contemporary psychiatry.
In this course we discuss the evolution of psychiatry as a medical and scientific discipline against the background of societal and political developments from the 19th onwards. What can the history of psychiatry teach us about present day discussions on the distinction between pathology, abnormality and normality, between mental health and illness (e.g Freud, Canguilhem, Foucault, Hacking)? What does it teach us about, the medicalization of unhappiness and, in the wake of these discussions, the demarcation of mental health care? What are the personal and societal side effects of medicalization? And what have been the critical contributions of various clinical practices and theoretical perspectives such as psychoanalysis and phenomenology in this history and in these discussions?

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information
written exam
This course is part of a module of three courses in the Philosophy, Politics and Society bachelor programme. You can only take this course if you also take the two associated courses during the same semester. If you want to register for the three courses in this module, you must FIRST register for the module itself via the 'Minor' tab in Osiris, and THEN register for the courses themselves. For an overview of modules and their associated courses, see the course guides on the website of the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies.
Required materials
Selected texts in Brightspace

Instructional modes

Written exam
Test weight1
Test typeWritten exam
OpportunitiesBlock SEM1, Block SEM2