INTD What is Normal II?

Mental and emotional disorders. course explores through articles, poetry, stories, and drama how those who fall outside cultural norms for mental and emotional health are "normalized," marginalized or kept out of sight. The clinical and ethical articles address the questions of how cultures construct many definitions of mental disorders, which often vary over time and between cultures. Definitions of disease and disorders allow for medical "treatment" and often for insurance coverage, while the same behavior in other times and circumstances might not be considered a disease at all. Literary works provide insights into the experience of mental illness and disorders. The course is constructed from the disciplines of medicine, literature, and ethics.

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