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Instructor Info:M. Lourdes Mattei
Office Extension x5515
TA Info:Allison Gorbach
Term: 2014F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 106
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 106
Description: This tutorial will introduce the students to the major controversies and discourses in the study of mental illness. The course will be part of a series of seminars designed to explore the epistemological, theoretical, and practice implications of concepts of mental illness and culture. Questions to be debated include: what is mental illness? Who defines it? How have the categories changed over time (historically) and place (culturally)? How is mental illness related to ideas of the "person", the "mind"? How is mental illness "embodied"? In our views of the "Other", what can we know about our-selves? This course is less about finding out about other cultures, and more about discovering "something" about our ideals and our prejudices. Particular emphasis will be placed on the experience of mental illness; depictions and narratives of mental illness such as those portrayed and/ or imagined in film, memoir, fiction, and other first-person accounts will be highlighted throughout the course.