Sociology | Mental Illness
S324 | 26873 | McLeod


This course provides an introduction to sociological theories and
research regarding the definition, experience, and treatment of mental
disorders. In contrast to other disciplines concerned with mental
disorders, sociology asserts that mental illness cannot be understood
without reference to the social context in which it is experienced. In
this regard, sociologists emphasize the socially-constructed nature of
the categories that define mental disorders, the origins of mental
disorders and mental health in social conditions, and the analysis of
personal, community, and societal-level responses. This course will
cover material in each of those three broad areas. Class sessions will
emphasize team assignments based on deep reading of original
sociological writings, analysis of personal memoirs, and discussion of
cases. The assignments are designed to encourage the development of
analytic skills, an awareness and recognition of the knowledge that
you bring to the course, and the benefits of collaborative approaches
to complex problems.