Course Schedule - Spring Semester 2023


ANTH 444 001 (CRN: 23167)


Department: Anthropology
Instructor: Fietz, Helena
Meeting: 9:25AM - 10:40AM TR SEW 101 (9-JAN-2023 - 21-APR-2023) 
Session: Full Term
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Language of Instruction: Taught in English
Method of Instruction: Face to Face
Credit Hours: 3
Course Syllabus:
Course Materials: Rice Campus Store
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Undergraduate Professional
Visiting Undergraduate
Section Max Enrollment: 26
Section Enrolled: 21
Total Cross-list Max Enrollment: 27
Total Cross-list Enrolled: 22
Enrollment data as of: 1-JUN-2023 4:15AM
Additional Fees: None
Final Exam: No Final Exam
Final Exam Time:
7:00PM - 10:00PM M TBA TBA
Description: This seminar takes psychiatric practice as an object of anthropological investigation. It seeks to understand how cultural representations of mental health and illness shape and are shaped by psychiatric practices and discourse. We will draw on literature from anthropology, science and technology studies, and mad studies combined with cultural representations of madness. The goal is to explore reconceptualizations of mental phenomena as political, contextualizing them in terms of the various social, cultural, and historical contexts in which they are constituted. We will be particularly attentive to normalization processes and how they intersect with gender, race, sexuality, wealth, disability, and ethnicity. Topics include affect, anxiety, psychosis, and somatization; diagnostic standardization; the cultural history of psychiatry; institutionalization and deinstitutionalization; psychiatric professionalization; the globalization of Western psychiatric practice; critical anti-psychiatry movements, and Mad Studies. Cross-list: ANTH 644. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ANTH 444 if student has credit for ANTH 644.