The Social Context of Mental Health and Illness

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The Social Context of Mental Health and Illness

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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.
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9/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 7 months ago
How did our mental health care system evolve from the dismal lunatic asylums and mad houses to its modern state? What social consequences were associated with a mental disorder one hundred or two hundred years ago? The course "The Social Context of Mental Health and Illness?" answers these and other questions concerning the changing ideas and views about mental illnesses and treatments throughout the last two centuries. The course instructor - Charmaine Williams from the University of Toronto - is a seasoned mental health care professional herself. She manages to spice up the rather theoretical course with many real-life examples as well as a videographed visit to the grounds of a defunct mental asylum in Toronto, Canada. Overall, a recommendable course for students interested in the changing view of mental health care over time.
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7/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 7 months ago
Good overview of the history of mental health/mental illness and how social determinants affect both progress and treatment. Peer reviewed exercises were good but the work limits were challenging. I took this for general interest and it kept my interest throughout..
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6 years, 1 month ago
The instructor was very personable. Great topics. I learned a lot. The peer assignments tied in very nice to the course, No quizzes were required, Only peer reviews and I am not a big fan of those at all, but with this class it was pretty easy to do. She does a great job on the forums helping out, She also does lectures to give tips and explains the assignments and what she expects in them and how to grade them. I have problem when it comes to peer reviews, you could have someone grading a paper that has less knowledge on the material than the person they are grading or the other way around. A student might be grading a paper of someone who has better language skills than the person grading it and if it's the other way around you can get people who down grade a paper because of poor grammar etc, the point is that in a peer review journal you are being reviewed by peers who have the same understanding and knowledge or close to the sam... The instructor was very personable. Great topics. I learned a lot. The peer assignments tied in very nice to the course, No quizzes were required, Only peer reviews and I am not a big fan of those at all, but with this class it was pretty easy to do. She does a great job on the forums helping out, She also does lectures to give tips and explains the assignments and what she expects in them and how to grade them. I have problem when it comes to peer reviews, you could have someone grading a paper that has less knowledge on the material than the person they are grading or the other way around. A student might be grading a paper of someone who has better language skills than the person grading it and if it's the other way around you can get people who down grade a paper because of poor grammar etc, the point is that in a peer review journal you are being reviewed by peers who have the same understanding and knowledge or close to the same knowledge as the person they are reviewing and I don't think that is possible in an online class. We are students not teachers and therefore some of use have more or less knowledge than each other on these subjects. You could also have people who would graded down a paper because of racism or hatred for another culture.
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