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Cultural Perspectives on Mental Health
PSYC 262
Fall 2022
Section: 01   02  

The study of mental health/illness is increasingly recognized as conditioned by a wide range of interconnected cultural and social factors that profoundly influence subjective experiences. This course seeks to understand the cultural, social, structural, and environmental determinants of mental health, with particular emphasis on cultural and social diversity in a North American context. Some major questions that will be considered are: How do different cultures view mental health and illness? Why do some ethnic groups readily accept mental health care while others generally avoid the psychiatrist or psychologist at all costs? How does bicultural or multicultural identity and minority status affect one's psychological development? How do continuing social disparities related to race, gender, sexual orientation, and social class impact one's mental health and well-being? What is the impact of social media use on mental health? Readings will draw from the growing body of research literature, and examples from popular arts and media will be incorporated as supplemental material for class discussion. Students will review current treatments and participate in class discussions. Students of all backgrounds will be encouraged to explore mental health and illness with a broadened cultural and critical perspective.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM PSYC
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: PSYC105
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PSYC)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on FEB-04-2023
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