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Winter/Spring 2015
Oct 25, 2016
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PHL 4172A - Phil of Psychiatry& Psychology
We will discuss the interrelated metaphysical, epistemological, ethical, and social issues that arise in trying to understand and treat mental illness. The metaphysical issues include the unity of the self and freedom of the will. Epistemological issues include the diagnosis of mental disorder and knowing when people are competent to understand the moral and legal consequences of their actions. Ethical issues include the rights of people with mental disorders to get treatment or to refuse it. Finally, social issues include the medicalization of deviant behavior and the effects of the mental health profession on society. Throughtout the course, we will compare popular thought about mental illness with what the experts say, as a way of gaining a critical perspective on both. Prerequisite: Any two classes in Philosophy, Psychology, Anthropology or Sociology.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Division of Arts & Humanities Division
Philosophy & Religious Studies Department

Course Attributes:
Liberal Arts

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