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HLTHAGE 2K03 2020 Spring Term Mental Health Course

This Spring term, the Department will be offering a fully online course taught by Dr. Mat Savelli (HLTH AGE 2K03: Selected Topics in Health and Society). For this session, the course topic is Treatment within the World of Mental Illness: Desperation and Debate. There are no pre-requisites or anti-requisites for the class and it is open to any undergraduate student, regardless of program or level.

Apr 07, 2020

SPRING TERM MENTAL HEALTH COURSE
 
This Spring term, the Department will be offering a fully online course taught by Dr. Mat Savelli (HLTH AGE 2K03: Selected Topics in Health and Society).  For this session, the course topic is Treatment within the World of Mental Illness: Desperation and Debate. There are no pre-requisites or anti-requisites for the class and it is open to any undergraduate student, regardless of program or level.
 
The course will focus on the wide range of responses that healthcare providers and others have had to the issue of mental illness.  Exploring interventions from sorcery and lobotomies to psychoanalysis and psychiatric medications, students will be introduced to the key issues and debates within the world of mental healthcare.  Central questions include: how can we explain the diversity of treatment options within this world of mental illness? What ideas and ideologies guide the sorts of treatments that we have developed?  Why, despite the availability of so many treatments, have rates of mental disability continued to rise in recent years?
 
Rather than having lectures that students must tune into at a specific time, the course will be designed to allow students to work at their own pace.  Key themes will be explored in a series of modules that will combine readings with short audio discussions recorded by the instructor (transcripts will be available for those who cannot access the audio files).  Students will be evaluated using a combination of online tests, written assignments, and online participation (via discussion boards).
 
Students with questions are encouraged to email Dr. Savelli (msavelli@mcmaster.ca).