Watch this introduction for Mad People's History (CDST 504), an online course offered at Ryerson University. David Reville, an instructor with the School of Disability Studies, explains how the history of madness differs from the history of psychiatry, and highlights the importance of including the diverse perspectives of people diagnosed as mad, insane, or mentally ill. In this course, the stories of mad people are considered to address a question that is rarely raised in academic circles: in their own words, what is the history that mad people have lived over the centuries and what are the implications of that collective experience for contemporary times? © 2010 Ryerson University. All rights reserved.