Sociology | Mental Illness
S324 | 4814 | Almazan


THIS COURSE MAY NOT BE TAKEN FOR GRADUATE CREDIT.

This course critically examines the social dimensions of mental
illness.  Public health officials estimate that four out of ten
leading causes of disability are due to mental illnesses and that
nearly one out of five Americans will experience a mental disorder
this year.  In this class, we will focus on the mechanisms operating
in our social environment that contribute to the structure,
perception, and maintenance of mental illness.  We will review
sociological explanations on how mental illness is defined, diagnosed,
and produced.  We will examine programs for treating mental illness
and evaluate the benefits and dangers of treatment options.  We will
also investigate how the legal system confronts mental illness.  The
ultimate goal of the course is to comprehend the sociological
perspective of mental illness.  This upper-division class requires
excellent writing and reading skills.  If you do not possess these
skills, you should not be enrolled in this course.