Sociology | Mental Illness
S324 | 3678 | Jason Schnittker
This course s designed to give a general overview of how sociologists
study mental health and illness. We will be concerned with describing
the contributions of sociological research to scholarship in the area
and exploring how these contributions differ from those of psychology,
psychiatry, or social work. This overview will be done in three
parts: we will discuss (1) what "mental illness" is, (2) how social
factors (e.g. race, gender, class) and social arrangements (e.g.
social networks) shape mental illness, and (3) how we as a society
respond to and treat the mentally ill. Throughout the course, we will
be concerned with uncovering the assumptions behind definitions of
mental health and illness and exploring these assumptions' political,
social, and legal consequences.