Issues in Mind, Culture and Psychiatry
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- Year 1 or Year 2
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- Term 1
This course is concerned with the ways the mind and mental illness are understood in different cultural contexts. The course starts with an introduction to psychoanalytical ideas and how they have been applied in different cultural contexts, then moves to consider more recent approaches to transcultural psychiatry. How can we understand altered states of mind, such as spirit possession? How do new technologies such as brain scans change the ways in which we envision the relationship between mind and body, nature and culture, self and society? Using ethnography to challenge the universality of psychiatric knowledge, this course examines how illness classifications are the result of political and epistemological struggles, both on local and global scales.
This Module is capped at 24 places
Students enrol via the online Module Sign-Up system. Students are advised of the timing of this process via email by the Faculty Office.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
The successful student will have a basic understanding of the different concepts that are used to understand the link between mind, culture and psychiatry. The course will foster a critical engagement with issues of global health and illness classification.
Method of assessment
The course is assessed by coursework: a mid-term assignment of 1000-1500 words, taking the form of a book review, response paper or similar (20%); (2) a final essay of 3,500 words (70%), and (3) class participation and presentations (10%)