Course Schedule - Spring Semester 2023

     

MDHM 397 001 (CRN: 24368)

MENTAL HEALTH IN AMER CULTURE

Long Title: TOPICS IN MENTAL HEALTH
Department: Medical Humanities
Instructor: Alexander, Travis T.
Meeting: 1:00PM - 2:15PM TR HUM 117 (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
 
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Undergraduate Professional
Visiting Undergraduate
Undergraduate
Section Max Enrollment: 30
Section Enrolled: 26
Enrollment data as of: 5-FEB-2023 1:36AM
 
Additional Fees: None
 
Final Exam: No Final Exam
 
Description: Since the arrival of Covid, we have seen a proliferation of novel therapeutic practices like mental telehealth, as people around the globe cope with unprecedented isolation and require the ability to communicate, confess, and introspect with a professional, a stranger. This course will investigate several things. First: what is the history of psychotherapy both in the US and globally? How, in other words, did we get here? And second: how have literature, film, and now social media represented this changing history back to us? Have our understandings of conditions like depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, and psychosis come to be thought—and even lived—as, themselves, essentially cinematic and literary experiences? Has social media now assumed some of this responsibility of narration and explanation? And if so, to what end? This course will examine the works of authors such as Poe, Plath, Lynch, and Moshfegh. Repeatable for Credit.