From Madness to Mental Disorders: Sociology of Mental Health

PSY 267

Investigates mental health processes and policies in historic, cultural, and socioeconomic context. Explains why definitions of and responses to mental illness have changed across time and place. Probes ethical dilemmas created by the medicalization of deviance. Examines how social conditions shape the development and consequences of mental disorders, treatments, and policies. Evaluates alternative theoretical explanations for how mental well-being and mental health services are linked to socioeconomic status, gender, race, ethnicity, citizenship, age, and sexuality. Assesses ability of alternative policies to improve public mental health.
Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • EI
  • SS
Cross-Listed As
  • GLHLTH 257
  • SOCIOL 257
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring