How young is too young to diagnose a child with bipolar disorder? What is the solution to alcohol addiction in South Korea? What is normal – and does “normal” even exist?
To explore such questions, this course invites you “down the rabbit hole” of mental health as a global issue. Offering the broadest possible perspective on the topic, we discuss the most prevalent and impactful disorders in different regions and so reveal the complexity of the psychiatric aspects of public health worldwide.
|Course level||Advanced Bachelor/Master|
|Session 2||14 July to 28 July 2018
|Recommended course combination
||Session 1: Buddhism and Psychology|
Session 3: Out of my Mind: Embodied Cognition, Mechanistic Explanation and Mental Disorder
|Co-ordinating lecturers||Elena V. Syurina|
|Other lecturers||Pim Scholte and Samrad Ghane (Equator Foundation), Barbara Regeer and Nadine Blignaut (VU Amsterdam), guests from the War Trauma Foundation and Doctors of the World, plus research presentations by Global Health PhD students via Trans Global Health|
|Form(s) of tuition||Lectures, workshops, seminars|
|Form(s) of assessment||Group assignment|
We begin with a general introduction to mental health, following this up with in-depth lectures and workshops on current diagnostic methods in the field. You then use this newly acquired knowledge to discuss treatment options at both individual and community level. You also dive into the realm of policy-making and regulation, on a national as well as an international scale. Particular attention is paid to developing your critical thinking ability in this area by discussing the ambiguity of mental health. Further lectures and workshops focus upon related issues, such as the ethics of mental health, cultural influences and stigma. Working in groups, you end the course by investigating a specific question in global mental health, analysing and reporting on this topic through medical and cross-cultural psychiatric lenses.
At the end of this course, you: