Issues in Mind, Culture and Psychiatry
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.
- Course Code:
- Unit value:
- Year of study:
- Year 1 or Year 2
- Taught in:
- Term 1
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
The successful student will have a basic understanding of the different concepts that are used to understand the link between mind, culture and society. The course will foster a critical engagement with issues of global health and illness classification.
Method of assessment
The written exam will count for 60%. Coursework will count for 40% towards the final mark.