College of Arts and Sciences | The Mad and the Bad
E104 | 28122 | Dwyer

COLL-E104 28122 The Mad and the Bad (Ellen Dwyer) (S & H) (3 cr.)
11:15AM - 12:05PM MW
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What are the problems of those with long-term mental illnesses? What
happens when they get caught up in the criminal justice system? This
course draws on materials from psychology, sociology, law, and
criminal justice to answer these questions. It focuses first on the
experience, diagnosis and treatment of serious illnesses such as
schizophrenia and then at how criminal justice system responds to
them. We pay special attention to how people move (and are moved)
back and forth between jails and hospitals, prisons and psychiatric
units, the community and social control institutions.

Typically, students read several first-hand accounts of mental
illness, written by patients and those who care for them. We also
read articles about the criminal justice system and the mentally
ill, focusing on issues such as the insanity defense, police
handling of the mentally ill, serial killers, and violent sexual
offender legislation. Assignments include a short paper and two or
three examinations.