SOCI 395: Special Topics in Sociology

SOCI 395-002: Sociology of Mental Health
(Fall 2024)

03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW

East Building 201

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Section Information for Fall 2024

We are in the midst of a mental health crisis. U.S. surgeon general recently warned of a devastating mental health crisis among adolescents and the suicide rate has reached its highest level since 1941. Depression and anxiety rates are at an all-time high. What is going on? Drawing on ethnography and social theory, this course will introduce sociology and anthropology as an invitation for students to re-conceptualize and deepen their understanding of mental health and illness as cultural, social, political, and subject forming phenomena. We will move beyond common tendencies to narrowly focus on the biological and psychiatric dimensions of mental illness and treatment. Instead, the aim of the course is to map different domains where the experience of mental illness and healing occur in order to disentangle the institutional-historical-lived circumstances found there. The readings and lectures invite students to consider sites that a sociology of mental health and illness might engage, including the clinic, the asylum, the medical archive, neighborhoods, the body, home and the family, memory, medical technologies, unseen forces, addiction, and madness.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Introduces the research interests of the faculty, offering new courses that reflect current issues not yet incorporated into the curriculum. Offers, in addition, advanced study into topics covered in the standing curriculum. Topics change by semester. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 18 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: SOCI 101
Schedule Type: Lec/Sem #1, Lec/Sem #2, Lec/Sem #3, Lec/Sem #4, Lec/Sem #5, Lec/Sem #6, Lec/Sem #7, Lec/Sem #8, Lec/Sem #9, Lecture, Sem/Lec #10, Sem/Lec #11, Sem/Lec #12, Sem/Lec #13, Sem/Lec #14, Sem/Lec #15, Sem/Lec #16, Sem/Lec #17, Sem/Lec #18
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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