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Culture, Mental Health and Psychiatry

We are no longer admitting high school students to the 2018 Summer Session. Visiting undergraduate students are welcome to apply.

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.

Course Code

ANTH 24315


CHDV 23301
HIPS 27302




High School Students
UChicago Undergraduates
Visiting Undergraduates


Comparative Human Development
and Social Studies of Science and Medicine

Class Day(s)

Mon Wed Fri

Class Start Time


Class End Time


Primary Instructor

Eugene Raikhel


Session II

Start Date

End Date


  • Students who apply will be admitted using rolling admission and require a $50 application fee. 
  • The Summer Session application deadline is May 1, 2018. Students may apply after this deadline, but will be required to pay an additional $100 rush processing fee.
  • International students who will require a visa to attend, applications will be considered no later than April 9 in order to allow enough time to complete the visa application process.
  • Rolling admissions: courses fill quickly, so submit your complete application as soon as possible.

Additional Details

  • Orientation for high school students is July 7-8.

Cost & Aid

Tuition is $4,400 per course. (Full-time registration is two courses taken during the same session.)
Additional fees apply; housing and dining costs not included.

Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for high school students can be found here.
Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for undergraduates can be found here.