Summer Courses 2012





Seminar in Abnormal Psychology: Mental Illness and the Media

Term: 
Summer 2014
Online: 
No
Subject Area: 
PSYCHOLOGY (PSYC)
Course Number: 
PSYC 462 920
Schedule: 
Monday 1:15pm-5:05pm
Schedule: 
Wednesday 1:15pm-5:05pm
Day(s): 
Monday
Day(s): 
Wednesday
Instructor: 

CALKINS, MONICA

Course Note: 
not available for graduate credit
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.

Syllabus: 

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