Mental Disorders and Oppression

Students taking this course will gain an understanding of contemporary meanings of mental disorders and our institutional systems. We will examine the troubling hegemonic framework of what the US considers “mental disorders” and how we treat people who are “mentally ill.” We will use race/ethnicity; class; age; gender; and institutional power as the anti-oppression framework with which to examine cultural definitions and treatments of people with “mental disorders.” History; therapies/treatments; pharmaceuticals; criminal justice; mental health policies; children/youth; returning soldiers; elderly; globalization – these issue will help us examine the interlocking oppressions.
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