Free course

Understanding the past

Free statement of participation on completion

Care can make deep inroads into personal lives and life narratives, so it is essential that care workers are sensitive to this and provide appropriate support. In this free course, Understanding the past, the history of Lennox Castle Hospital in Scotland provides a focus for considering the impact of institutional life.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • identify the main features of a total institution
  • evaluate the contribution of different kinds of evidence about the history of a hospital like Lennox Castle
  • consider issues of power and ethics in the interviewing of people about their personal experience, when using oral history techniques
  • compare the way in which care was provided in the past for people with learning disabilities with the way in which care and support is provided today.