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Sociology of Mental Health

PUBHLTH 159 (4.0 units)Session II

The primary objective of this course is to examine the social causes, consequences, and patterns of mental health and illness. The social organization of a society greatly influences the type and distribution of disease in that society, and the nature and response of the system of mental health care. This course provides a sociological perspective on mental health, mental illness or disorder, and medicine/health care, ranging from social definitions, roles, and interactions to societal stratification and international patterns. We will examine current sociological theory and research, including biopsychosocial, stress, and labeling models. From this perspective, we will critically examine the social demography of mental health, mental illness and psychological distress by class, ethnicity, age, and gender, the social behaviors of mental health and of illness response, the social roles associated with mental illness, mental health care as an institution of social control, and community, public and legal policy. Same as SOCIOL 159.

Instructor(s) Schuster, T.
Schedule MW 4:00 - 6:50pm, Social Ecology II 1306
Units 4.0
Course Code 89170
UC Undergraduate (per unit) $ 279.00
UC Graduate (per unit) $ 349.00
Visitor (per unit) $ 349.00
Note(s) None