2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

SOCI 36553 Sociology of Mental Illness

The course keys on the consequences of being labeled mentally ill (or of being stigmatized), the societal response to mental illness, and the experience of managing particular conditions, especially depression, identity disorders, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The course also focuses on the sociohistorical and socially constructed concepts and contexts associated with defining mental illness and becoming mentally ill. The course relies on a lecture-discussion format, making use of several concepts that have become linked to mental illness in general and the specific aforementioned conditions.