Leslie Ann Rado
Interdisciplinary exploration of topics in abnormal psychology. Examines common mental illnesses through the use of film and literature. Also presents epidemiological data.
This is a senior level course (see below)! The course invites you to an interdisciplinary exploration of topics in abnormal psychology, including psychoanalysis and other theories of the etiological development of mental illness. You will learn about diferent kinds of psychopathology as well as about some therapeutic theories and ideas. The course involves, as well, a critical examination the contemporary psychotherapy and self-help culture.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures, films, class discussion, student research panels, guest lecturers.
Background in psychological concepts and theories, and in methods for thinking about culture are important.
Class assignments and grading
Reading, writing, research panels