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The Social Context of Mental Health and Illness

University of Toronto via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Disease & Disorders
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session In progress
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 5-7 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 6 weeks long

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Learn how social factors promote mental health, influence the onset and course of mental illness, and affect how mental illnesses are diagnosed and treated.

This course explores how our understanding of mental health and illness has been influenced by social attitudes and social developments in North America and around the world. The course begins by situating our contemporary mental health practices in historical context, then looks at different aspects of mental health, mental illness and mental health services and their connections to what’s going on in our social environment.

Syllabus

Welcome and A Brief History of Madness
We begin with a quick orientation to the course and continue with our first lecture topic: A brief history of madness.

What is mental health and what causes mental illness?


The social context of diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses


Culture, mental health and mental illness


Families, caregiving and mental illness


society, communities and mental health


Taught by

Charmaine Williams

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Kevin K
2.0 4 months ago
Kevin completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This course is a sociologist's view of mental illness and health care from past to present time, but mostly focused on the instructor's Canadian experience. There are some interesting insights from this perspective, however, the course needs work to make it more useful.

Good students will want to preview each section by skimming thru the slides and the summary video. This aids learning by obtaining an overall view and by exposing the learner to new terminology. Slide skimming is not possible because the instructor has not made them viewable separately. You will have to go thro…
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Liz V
5.0 2 years ago
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