Sociology | Topics In Social Organization
S410 | 25927 | McLeod


Topic:  Mental Illness in Sociological Perspective

ABOVE SECTION OPEN TO MAJORS ONLY.  MAY NOT BE TAKEN FOR GRADUATE
CREDIT

What is mental illness?  What are its causes?  What implications
does it have for the lives of individuals and for society?  This
course provides answers to these questions from a sociological
perspective.  We will read original studies (books and articles)
from four main areas of sociological research: the definition of
mental illness, social responses to mental illness, the social
origins of mental illness, and experiences in formal treatment.
Students will be responsible for working in groups to organize
discussions and activities relevant to the readings.  The course is
writing intensive, and includes requirements for a major research
paper, written critiques of the research we read, and short personal
essays.