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SOC-S 324: Mental Illness

Professor: Brea L. Perry
Credits: 3

Sociology provides a critical perspective on mental illness, revealing how people and groups construct, experience, respond to, and sometimes resist medical definitions of difference. How and why does natural variation in traits like introversion or melancholy come to be defined and treated in psychiatric terms? How have we, in American society, managed and responded to mental illness historically, contemporarily, and in comparison to other countries? We will explore these issues through an examination of current events and controversies, including the rise in autism diagnosis, the opioid epidemic, homelessness, and mass shootings.

This class meets 1:00pm-2:15pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Ballantine Hall 310.

Section #: 8818

This course is part of College Fall 2017 Themester


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