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A Beautiful Mind: Art, Science and Mental Health

'A Beautiful Mind: Art, Science and Mental Health' module explores mental illness through the diverse perspectives offered by distinct disciplines within social sciences and the humanities, as part of broadening the university’s interdisciplinary

It is intended to develop your understanding of the links between mental health issues and disciplines within the sciences and the arts and hopes to encourage engagement in and stimulate debate and creativity. The module also aims to develop your creativity and research skills by providing a context which encourages innovative connections and outputs, which could contribute to your professional and personal development. 

Teaching will be delivered by academics from diverse professional backgrounds, both within Faculties at King’s and in other UK institutions.


This module will be available in January - March 2019. You can also attend the whole module on KEATS if you cannot physically make it to the lectures.

Applications are for 'A Beautiful Mind' 2018 have now closed.

Applications will re-open at the end of the Autumn semester 2018. However, if you would like to register your interest and receive a notification once applications opne, please sign up here


Dr Katerina Koutsantoni, Module leader

Katerina is Academic Services Manager for the Modern Language Centre at King’s, overseeing all programme and resource administration. She has a background in English literature, having published a monograph on Virginia Woolf’s non-fiction and contributed to journals in literary criticism. Her current interests lie in the study of women writers in conjunction with psychosis.


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Selected publications



Koutsantoni, Katerina (2009) Virginia Woolf's Common Reader. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate

Journal articles

  • Koutsantoni, Katerina and Oakley, Madeleine (forthcoming summer 2018). ‘Laura Makepeace Stephen: Why look at Virginia Woolf’s half-sister?’ English Studies.
  • Jenny Yiend, Derek K. Tracy, Brian Sreenan, Valentina Cardi, Tina Foulkes, Katerina Koutsantoni, Eugenia Kravariti, Kate Tchanturia, Lucy Willmott, Sukhi Shergill and Gabriel Reedy (2016) ‘Post graduate clinical placements: Evaluating benefits and challenges with a mixed methods cross sectional design’. BMC Medical Education, 16:64, DOI 10.1186/s12909-0160575-7
  • Koutsantoni, Katerina and Oakley, Madeleine (2014). ‘Hypothesis of Autism and Psychosis in the Case of Laura Makepeace Stephen’. 

Available at SSRN: or  .

  •  Koutsantoni, Katerina (2009). ‘Mentoring Students with Special Circumstances’.Praxis: A Writing Centre Journal. Fall, Volume 7, Issue 1. 

Available online:

  • Koutsantoni, Katerina Katerina (2009). The impersonal strategy: Re-visiting V. Woolf’s position in The Common Reader essays’. Women: A Cultural Review. Volume 20, Issue 2, A ugust, 157 – 171.
Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, students (undergraduate, postgraduate or staff) will be able to:

1. Gain insights into the links between mental illness and disciplines within the arts and sciences and develop knowledge in this area of study.

2. Gain insight into study approaches from across a range of disciplines and perspectives, as part of the module’s emphasis on interdisciplinarity.

3. Apply knowledge and understanding gained in the module to underpin creative, academic or reflective work.

4. Communicate the results of your studies in structured and coherent ways.

5. Use the learning undertaken to contribute to their own personal and professional development.


Attainment of the Award will involve you exploring connections between mental illness and other disciplines and producing an output that reflects this exploration and critical appraisal.
Submissions for assessment can include either:
1. One written assignment (c.1,500-2,000 words). Examples include:

    • Standard essay
    • Research paper
    • Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Life writing


2. One artefact, accompanied by a by a brief report (c. 500 – 1,000 words) explaining the piece. Examples include:

    • Painting
    • Sculpture
    • Photography portfolio
    • Dance piece
    • Digital media (e.g website)

The report can take the form of a workbook, which could incoporate process notes made during the creation of the artefact. Alternatively, the report can consist of an evaluation of the experience of creating the artefact and include details of learning points from relevant lecture(s).

Register Your Interest

Register Your Interest

Applications will re-open at the end of the Autumn semester 2018. If you would like to register your interest and receive a notification once applications are open, please sign up here.

  • If you have any queries regarding the application, please contact
  • If you have any questions regarding the module, please contact the module leader, Dr Katerina Koutsantoni at
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