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Mental Health: Science, Culture, Society
0.50 Credit(s)
Academic Course
Prerequisite: 7.5 credits, including 1.0 credit of second-year liberal studies (including 0.5 VISC credit).
This course provides a theoretical approach to understanding the role of psychiatric science in society and culture. Students will read from historical and critical literatures on scientific and cultural practices of mental health and illness in western societies and beyond, with attention to late capitalist practices. The class will explore mental health in a model suggesting that scientific knowledges change with paradigms of thought. Mental health will be positioned as a range personal, social and scientific “technologies” which often produce particular behaviors. Topics of discussion will include: the interstices of art and madness, changing notions of the human subject and the self, health’s relationship to citizenship and consumer society, and the historical pathologisation of distinct populations of people, based on gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and more.
Anti-requisite: Students who have taken HUMN 4B91: Special Topic in Humanities: Mental Health, Culture & Society and HUMN 4B02 may not take this course for further credit
Notes: Category/course code change 2010-11
Course was last updated May 28, 2010 - 2:47 PM