HNRS 139

Questions of Sanity

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. This course will examine the topic of insanity from various perspectives (psychological, cultural, legal, physiological, and historical) and how the line between sanity and insanity has never been as clear a distinction as we would like to believe. We will supplement our understanding of current psychiatric disorders utilizing a case study approach and examine issues ranging from the treatment/punishment of the mentally ill, to those cases where the development of abnormal behavior might be viewd as the most adaptive option available. Cases will include Norton I, Emperor of the United States, Truddi Chase from "When Rabbit Howls," and Susanna Cahalan's "Brain on Fire."