Mental Health and Society


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Mental Health and Society

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In “Western” culture, how have ways of defining, preventing, and treating mental illnesses changed over time? How has mental illness been portrayed in works of art? And how are mentally ill persons being cared for—or not cared for—today in the U.S.? In this course, we will seek complex and controversial answers to these questions. Readings and other assignments will draw on novels and short stories, memoir, historical scholarship, medical literature, and movies.

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Mental Health and Society