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PSYC 4435 Images of Mental Illness in Film and Literature (Spring/Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course is devoted to the representations of mental illness in film and literature, which are often more complex and more personal than the descriptions of psychological disorders in scientific writings. Students deepen their understanding of abnormal psychology as they criticize material from selected books and films containing depictions of disorders. These creative works will be examined in terms of the possible motivation of the authors and filmmakers and the potential for the creative works to decrease or increase stigma. The messages conveyed about the nature of abnormality are emphasized throughout the course. The course concludes with consideration of the ways in which psychologists and other mental-health professionals are depicted in these media.


Instructor(s): Barry Schneider

Prerequisites: Must have successfully completed PSYC2234

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Last Updated: 06-Feb-15