Sociology of Mental Health

Faculteit Honours College
Jaar 2017/18
Vakcode HCGMB0405
Vaknaam Sociology of Mental Health
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a
ECTS 5
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Sociology of Mental Health (Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences)
Leerdoelen The objective of this course is to initiate an interdisciplinary debate among students on the increasing use of biotechnological means to improve mental health and cognitive abilities.
Omschrijving In advanced market societies, the number of people with psychiatric diagnoses such as depression, ADHD or autism has soared since the last twenty years and the consumption of psychotropic drugs has risen to unprecedented levels. In addition, people are increasingly using other technological means to improve their well-being and cognitive abilities ranging from transcranial magnetic stimulation to vagus nerve therapy, acupuncture or light therapy. Consequently, the fine line between treatment and enhancement is now blurred. How to explain and how to judge these developments? Are psychiatric disorders age-old biological diseases that can finally be diagnosed and treated properly? Did pharmaceutical companies market diseases along with their medicines? Or are people in affluent societies focusing too much on their little pains? In this course we study explanations for the increasing biologisation of individuality as well as its social consequences. What are the social, ethical and legal ramifications of these developments? Are we all becoming ‘unnatural’ cyborgs? And if someone commits a crime was it ‘(s)he’ who did it or the technical device that changed his or her ‘self’?
Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm Discussiebijeenkomsten, Presentatie(s)
(Presence is obligatory)
Toetsvorm Opdracht(en)
Vaksoort Honours College-Bachelor
Coördinator dr. S. Schleim
Docent(en) Gastdocent(en) ,dr. S. Schleim, MA.
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
To be announced
Entreevoorwaarden Open only to non-Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences students.
Only available for students who have been accepted into the BA Honours College Programme.
Opmerkingen The following condition (Article 3.6 of the EAR, to be found in your Student Portal under Organizations) applies: “Except in the event of extraordinary circumstances, all Honours Programme course units have a 100% attendance requirement, which includes preparation for and active participation in the course units.”
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Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Petrus Camper Leergang - Honours College  (Verbredende modules) 2 semester II a keuzegroep