WOMENSTD 320 - Gender and Mental Health
Section: 001
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
One course in WOMENSTD or PSYCH.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Gender and Mental Health is an interdisciplinary course in which faculty and students explore a compelling and socially significant topic from the perspectives of research, practice, and the arts — using the lenses of social sciences, biological sciences, the humanities, and mental health practice professions. This course is designed to allow advanced level undergraduates, with a background in women’s studies and/or psychology, to review and examine the multiple ways in which mental health is conceptualized across disciplines. The course will foster critical analyses of multidisciplinary and often dichotomized material, arriving at an integrated perception of the experience of mental illness and mental health. Course goals include:

  1. students will acquire a sense of the lived experience of a person who has mental illness,
  2. students will be able to correct or combat stereotypes and inaccurate portrayals of mental illness,
  3. students will develop a critical appraisal of how mental health and illness are defined in our society using several different disciplinary lenses,
  4. students will be able to evaluate mental health and related programs for women,
  5. students will understand and be able to articulate and synthesize various contextualized perspectives and
  6. students will understand how to translate the above into a social action orientation.

We will use cases, published narratives, research and theoretical material to explore the highly gendered nature of mental fitness and psychological health. Additionally, we will attempt to illustrate the relationships among virulent forms of prejudice, physical and sexual abuse, the pathologizing of difference, and violence in women’s and men’s lives.

WOMENSTD 320 - Gender and Mental Health
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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