SOC-S 324 SOCIOLOGY OF MENTAL ILLNESS (3 CR.)
Social factors in mental illnesses; incidence and prevalence by social and cultural categories; variations in societal reaction; social organization of treatment organizations.
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Regular Academic Session / In Person
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- COLL (CASE) S&H Breadth of Inquiry credit
Sociology provides a critical perspective on mental illness, revealing how people and groups construct, experience, respond to, and sometimes resist medical definitions of difference. How and why does natural variation in traits like introversion or melancholy come to be defined and treated in psychiatric terms? How have we, in American society, managed and responded to mental illness historically, contemporarily, and in comparison to other countries? We will explore these issues through an examination of current events and controversies, including the rise in autism diagnosis, the opioid epidemic, homelessness, and mass shootings. This course is organized into three sections: the definition and measurement of mental illness, the social origins of mental health and mental illness, and personal, community, and societal responses to mental illness.