Spring 2018





Seminar Abnormal Psychology: Mental Illness and the Media

Term: 
Spring 2018
Online: 
No
Subject Area: 
PSYCHOLOGY (PSYC)
Course Number: 
PSYC 462 601
Schedule: 
Wednesday 5:00pm-8:00pm
Day(s): 
Wednesday
Instructor: 

CALKINS, MONICA

Prerequisite(s): 
PSYC 162.
Secondary Program: 
Master of Liberal Arts
Course Note: 
Undergraduates only.
Course Description: 

Schizophrenia is the same as “split personality”...or is it? People with mental illness are frequently violent… or are they? Shock therapy is barbaric...or is it? Repressed memories of trauma can be accurately remembered through hypnosis...or can they? The “answers” to these questions as portrayed by the media often reinforce popular myths about mental illness, its treatments, and its treatment providers. These myths can have a tremendous impact on individuals and society. Students who participate in this course will enhance their ability to identify and understand the sources and impact of media representations of mental illness. The course format includes one research paper and weekly participation in discussions about selected newspaper and magazine articles, empirical articles, and movie and television clips. These activities are aimed at engaging students in critical and skeptical discussion about the nature and importance of popular depictions of mental illness and mental health treatment.