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Cultural and Historical Perspectives on Psychological Disorders
PSYC 274
Summer 2010
Section: 01  

The goal of this component of the Institute is to introduce students to historical and cultural studies of the naming and treatment of disordered or abnormal kinds of persons. The course surveys the history of observing, categorizing and treating what are taken to be abnormal persons. Attention is given to theories that explain modern psychopathologies in cultural terms, including the work of Erving Goffman, Emily Martin, Jonathan Metzl, Michel Foucault, and Ian Hacking. The course focuses on a selective set of psychopathologies that represent disorders of thinking, mood, and life experiences. These exemplary studies enable critical examination of dynamic relations between cultural conditions, detection and treatment of mental disease, and the self-understandings of those so diagnosed.

Essential Capabilities: Writing
Two integrative papers with feedback from instructors will permit acquisition of written communication skills.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS PSYC
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: PSYC101 OR PSYC105
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PSYC)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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