Schizophrenia and Its Treatment: Neuroscientific, Historical, and Phenomenological Perspectives|
Spring 2019 not offered
|Course Cluster: Health Studies|
The goal of this seminar will be to critically investigate the concept of schizophrenia as a unitary disease construct, from historical, neuroscientific, and phenomenological approaches, and the implications of these views for our understanding of treatment of the disorder. How are we to make sense of a psychiatric disorder that has changed so substantially in definition over time, with wide interindividual difference in symptom expression and functional outcome, a wide array of competing theories regarding etiology and biological mechanisms, and correspondingly diverse treatment interventions? We will engage these questions through three separate units that will evaluate the disorder from three different levels of analysis: (1) readings in the history of psychiatry and the perspective they cast on schizophrenia as a unitary disease concept; (2) an analysis of contemporary work in neuroimaging and experimental cognition in the disease and the current status of creating a coherent account of neurocognitive mechanisms of the disease, as well as a neurocognitive approach to novel interventions; and (3) new work on understanding the experience of the disease from first-person accounts and the systematic analysis of these accounts as a window to understanding heterogeneity in the disease and novel approaches for therapy.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIS)(NS&B)(PSYC)
Clinical Handbook of Schizophrenia, 2011, edited by Kim T. Mueser and Dilip V. Jeste, Guilford Press: New York. ISBN-10: 1609182375.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Four in-class quizzes, one oral presentation, one final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This section is part of the Spring Intensive pilot program. Students who enroll in the program will take courses during spring 2016 one at a time, each during a three-week time period. This class will meet Feb 15 - March 4, from 1:10 pm to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Students interested in the program should contact Lisa Dierker, email@example.com. Selected students will be notified directly and will not need to participate in the pre-registration system.
Students must have taken PSYC 105 or NS&B 213 and PSYC 228 or PSYC 251. Students should send an email to the professor indicating the reasons for their interest in the class and their goals after Wesleyan, during the pre-registration period.