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Mental Health, Culture and Society
0.50 Credit(s)
Academic Course
Prerequisite: 10 credits, including 1.0 credit of second-year liberal studies (including 0.5 VISC credit).
This class will read from a wide array of historical and critical literature on the subject of mental health/ illness, thus providing students with a grounding in the history of mental illness and an array of critical thoughts with which to analyze this broad subject. The topics to be addressed will include changing notions of the self, the notion of the risk society, normative logic in modernist science (such as dualism, observation and cause/effect thinking), and relationships between health and citizenship, consumer society, and governance. Additionally, readings will identity and critique historic social practices that have created the normal consumer/citizen as white, male, heterosexual, wealthy, religious, thrifty and hard-working. As such, students will have the opportunity to read post-colonial, queer theory and feminist literatures that employ the notion of difference to understand historical practices of pathologization of particular populations in North America.
Anti-requisite: Students who have taken HUMN 4B91: Special Topic in Humanities: Mental Health, Culture & Society may not take this course for further credit
Course was last updated May 28, 2010 - 12:22 PM