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Sociology of Mental Health
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Pugliesi, Karen. 2010. “Sociology of Mental Health”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, May. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


Mental illness is a complex phenomenon that has been the focus of scholarly debate in several disciplines. This course will utilize a sociological approach to the study of mental health and illness, mental health professions and practices, and policy. The fundamental premise upon which the seminar is based is that mental health and illness are social...

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Mental Health
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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. 1. Students should acquire general knowledge about the history of western conceptions of mental illness, the psychiatric profession and forms of psychiatric treatment.
  2. Develop an understanding of how social/cultural context shapes conceptions of mental health and illness and the expression of human distress.
  3. 3. Become familiar with the diagnostic and statistucal manual:its history, significance, how it shapes diagnostic practice, and the controversies surrounding it.

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