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Cultural and Historical Perspectives on Psychological Disorders

PSYC 274
Spring 2013 not offered
Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory

The goal of this course 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.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS PSYC
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: PSYC105
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PSYC)

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