Introduction to Madness Studies|
|Course Cluster: Disability Studies|
What does it mean to be "mad"? Are all mad people mentally ill? In recent years, just as clinical psychologists and psychiatrists have honed their technico-scientific infrastructures for studying and classifying psychopathology, a nascent academic discipline called "madness studies" has emerged. Madness studies aims to interrogate and diversify discourse about unusual, extreme, and distressing mental states, as well as to reclaim languages about madness that are viewed as inappropriate and stigmatizing. This course explores the recent history of madness studies as an academic discipline, charting its relationship to historical shifts in mental health research and practice, as well as to related interdisciplinary arenas such as disability studies, liberation psychology, and the philosophy of psychiatry. We examine the rise of consumer, survivor, and ex-patient (C/S/X) movements, exploring differences among those who identify as having mad pride and mental illness. With particular focus on first-person accounts of lived experience, readings cover issues of epistemic and social justice in mental health discourse. Throughout the course, students attend to pluralistic ways of understanding and studying madness, including biopsychiatric, psychosocial, spiritual, and indigenous approaches.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PSYC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Deegan, P. (1996). RECOVERY AS A JOURNEY OF THE HEART. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 19(3), 91-97.
Foucault, M. (1988). MADNESS AND CIVILIZATION [selected excerpts]. New York, NY: Random House. (Original work published 1965).
Fulford, K. W. M., Thornton, T., & Graham, G. (2006). A BRIEF HISTORY OF MENTAL DISORDER. In Oxford Textbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry (pp. 144-159), New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Jones, N. (2013). THE ABSENCE OF PSYCHIATRIC C/S/X PERSPECTIVES IN ACADEMIC DISCOURSE: CONSEQUENCES AND IMPLICATIONS. Disability Studies Quarterly, 33(1). Available at http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/3433/3198
Kurtz, M. M. (2015). A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE TREATMENT OF SCHIZOPHRENIA. In Schizophrenia and its treatment: Where is the progress? (pp. 59-84). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Spandler, H., & Anderson, J. (2015). UNREASONABLE ADJUSTMENTS?: APPLYING DISABILITY POLICY TO MADNESS AND DISTRESS. In Spandler H., Anderson J., & Sapey B. (Eds.), Madness, distress and the politics of disablement (pp. 13-26). Bristol, UK; Chicago, IL, USA: Bristol University Press.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two quizzes, Two papers, One presentation, Weekly reflections, Class discussion
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Because this course is being added after registration, enrollment will be during drop/add.
POI: Please write a brief description (approximately one or two paragraphs) describing why you are interested in taking this course and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Instructor(s): Kamens,Sarah R. Times: ....R.. 07:10PM-10:00PM; Location: JUDD113; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 15
|Permission of instructor will be granted during the drop/add period. Students must submit either a ranked or unranked drop/add request for this course.|