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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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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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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....
Reading
11 videos (Total 120 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video11 videos
1.0 Introduction 7m
1.1 Visiting the asylum 9m
1.2 Why the asylum? 20m
1.3 20th century mental health care 14m
1.4 Antipsychiatry 12m
1.5 Deinstitutionalization 15m
1.6 Community-based mental health care 15m
1.7 Recovery and mental health 11m
1.8 Conclusion 4m
Bonus material: An introduction to author Caroline Fei-Yeng Kwok 6m
Reading2 readings
Course Information10m
Readings and Resources10m

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2 hours to complete

What is mental health and what causes mental illness?

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8 videos (Total 77 min), 1 reading
Video8 videos
2.1 defining mental health 7m
2.2 what is mental illness? 12m
2.3 social determinants of mental health 9m
2.4 SDoH in action 14m
2.5 the biopsychosocial perspective on mental health 13m
2.6 applying the biopsychosocial perspective 12m
2.7 Conclusion 4m
Reading1 reading
Readings and Resources10m

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4 hours to complete

The social context of diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses

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9 videos (Total 105 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
3.1 Demystifying the DSM 15m
3.2 Diagnosis as a series of social events 15m
3.3 Diagnosis: An example of the role of social context 17m
3.4a The social context of treatment options 12m
3.4b The social context of treatment options part 2 9m
3.5 The social context of treatment access 11m
3.6 Conclusion 3m
From summer 2014: what's with the DSM?12m
Reading1 reading
Readings and Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Extra-credit quiz20m

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2 hours to complete

Culture, mental health and mental illness

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8 videos (Total 76 min), 1 reading
Video8 videos
4.1 culture mental health mental illness 7m
4.2 culture & mental health in historical context 15m
4.3 culture and mental health 14m
4.4 culture and mental illness 11m
4.5 an example of intersections between culture and mental health 8m
4.6 cultural competence and multicultural mental health care 12m
4.7 Conclusions 2m
Reading1 reading
Readings and Resources10m
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Top Reviews

By TTOct 26th 2017

Facilitator is very engaging and brings the subject to life. Will definitely recommend to anyone with any remote interest in mental hea

By BKMay 30th 2017

I enjoyed taking this class. I learned some interesting facts about mental illness and genetic propensities.

Instructor

Charmaine Williams

Associate Professor
Faculty of Social Work

About University of Toronto

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto has one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America, presenting top students at all levels with an intellectual environment unmatched in depth and breadth on any other Canadian campus. ...

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