While mental illness has recently been framed in largely neurobiological terms as "brain disease", there has also been an increasing awareness of the contingency of psychiatric diagnoses. In this course, we will draw upon readings from medical anthropology and other disciplines to examine this paradox and to examine mental health and illness as a set of subjective experiences, social processes and objects of knowledge and intervention. This summer's session will focus on mental health and illness in higher education. Students will take part in a collaborative research project on experiences and representations of mental illness and disability among undergraduates. Students should be enrolled in or already have taken their social sciences core courses.
We are no longer admitting high school students to the 2018 Summer Session. Visiting undergraduate students are welcome to apply.
High School Students
Comparative Human Development
and Social Studies of Science and Medicine
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