21A.308 Global Mental Health


Class Info

Provides skills to critically analyze issues of mental health in historical and cross-cultural contexts. Studies mental illness as a complex biopsychosocial experience embedded in particular political and economic frameworks. Examines the relationships among culture, gender, embodiment, and emotional distress; power inequalities and ideas of the "normal" and "abnormal;" and how such conceptions influence caregiving practices, whether in traditional or biomedical contexts. Evaluates how the disciplines of psychology, psychoanalysis, and psychiatry have developed in the West, and considers their influence on mental health interventions in global settings. Limited to 25.

This class has no prerequisites.

21A.308 will be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is instructed by E. James.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This class counts as a HASS S. This class counts as a CI-H.

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