SO327 Sociology Mental Health Illness

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SO 327 Sociology Mental Health Illness


F2T 2010 DL


Cook-McDaniel, Kimberly


Senior Instructor


M.S. Professional Counseling
B.B.A. Computer Information Systems

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18 Oct 2010 - 12 Dec 2010

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Gallagher, B. J. (2002). Sociology of mental illness (4th ed.).  New Jersey: Prentice Hall
ISBN-10: 0130408689
ISBN-13: 978-0130408686


American Psychological Association (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) American Psychological Association.
ISBN-10: 1433805618   
ISBN-13: 978-1433805615

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Course Description:
SO 327 Sociology of Mental Health and Illness: Cross-cultural social history and analysis of mental health professional and psychiatric diagnoses, and an analysis of the politics and social control related to the labeling of mental illnesses. Topics include institutional and informal care-giving, effects of mental illness on family and friends, homelessness, and substance abuse, effects of current mental health policies and trends, medicalization of deviance, and a social epidemiology of mental illness.

Educational Philosophy:
My philosophy incorporates scholarship and practice in the fields of technology, sociology and psychology. The basic tenet of my philosophy assumes that classroom facilitation, scholarship and professional activities are interrelated and impact the learning experience for adult learners. Teaching and learning are continuously evolving rather than static. They are dynamic and progress with each term. I believe in connecting students’ learning with something they know or value, in other words, embracing experiential learning and ensuring the class is learner-centered. With this being said my classes involve a variety of strategies like dialogic / socratic discussion, group and / or individual projects, and assessments designed to prepare students in their academic and professional careers. Relevancy, variety, enthusiasm, rapport and involvement between myself and my students are crucial elements in ensuring the classroom is a safe and successful environment.

Class Assessment:
Core Assessment Paper

* The Core Assessment assignment for this class will be a major essay that integrates, analyzes, applies, and critiques several sociological concepts and research findings from this course. You may use your textbooks for this assignment.

* You must incorporate the findings from at least five (5) outside sources of original academic research in this essay. Wikipedia is not an academic source. If you have questions, please ask me.

* You should also consider incorporating relevant and reputable statistical and other social scientific data collected by researchers, governments, and other agencies and organizations. A wealth of such archived data is publicly accessible through the Internet, and their use can help you better understand your issue and develop a stronger analysis and critique. Again, if in doubt, ask your instructor for approval of your data source.

* If you do not properly cite those external sources that contributed to your work, then you are guilty of plagiarism. This will not be tolerated and may result in immediate and serious academic penalties. You are required to use the APA (American Psychological Association) guidelines for ALL formatting, citations, and references. For information on the APA style, format, style, and references: University of Purdue Online Writing Lab.

* The main text of your essay (the body) will be no shorter than 10 pages but no longer than 15. Begin work on your essay early and leave plenty of time for revision to assure the best possible grade. Also, your paper MUST BE DOUBLE-SPACED!

* Include thoughtful, meaningful examples to support your work and demonstrate your understanding. This also shows me that you can apply the concept you are learning.

 * MAKE SURE you format your paper so it is easy to read. There are three (3) "sections" to the assignment, so break you work into readable "chunks" based upon the "sections" identified below. This entails using subheadings. Those are to be centered. You may add other subheadings as well.


**This will be a fictional work that you will create to cover the required areas.

Section I – Overview of Fictional Character and Symptoms

In this section, I would like you to give us a description of your fictional character and the signs and symptoms of mental illness. Make sure and mention when those became significant enough that treatment was sought. You decided what illness you would assign this fictional character. From there, I would like you to expand and discuss areas such as social class, gender, ethnicity, race, and educational level, etc. This could be about both the past and present. What affect did these things have on the person? How have these areas affected the possibility of becoming institutionalized and mental illness?

Section II – Treatment

In this section, you should describe how you see treatment occurring for the patient. This would include any diagnosis, counseling, prescriptions or any other type of treatment that you can find information about.

Section III-Institutionalization

In this section, your character will back slide and require institutionalization. Describe the process and the possible reasons why. I would also like you to cover some history in this area. I would like you to compare and contrast the treatment that the person would receive now vs. 100 years ago.

Section IV-Final Analysis/Aftercare

In this section, you should write your thoughts on what the future holds for your fictional character. What have you based your opinions on? What could cause a change in these results? You will also want to cover what you have learned about the process from the beginning of the first signs of mental health issues to the aftercare process.


Weekly Assignments
Core Assessment Paper
Weekly  Quizzes
Final Exam

Late Submission of Course Materials:

The instructor must be notified and approve the request to submit the late work for medical or family emergencies prior to the project submission deadline. There are no late penalties for instructor approved late requests.

Special note 

If work is incomplete at the time that grades are required to be submitted by the instructor at the end of the term, and the instructor agrees, in order for the student to receive an "I," he/she must complete an Incomplete Contract which can be obtained from the Park Administrative office and be duly processed beforehand.  If not, then the student would automatically receive a "0" point value for all work not submitted and the point average would reflect work submitted and missing for the final grade.  As a student, you can keep up with your points by going to for SO327 and accessing the course Grade Book.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

For this class the APA writing style will be the standard for all assignments.

Computers make writing and revising easier and more productive. Students must recognize that technology can also cause problems. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save and back up your work regularly.

Assignments will be submitted using the Doc Sharing folder found in the class itself.

Submission of papers written for other classes is not acceptable. I expect each assignment submitted for this class be original and unique. Violation of this will result in a failing grade for the assignment.

Please do not wait until the last minute to contact me when a situation presents itself that will interfere with class participation or timely assignment submission.

I  do not accept late assignments without prior written approval from me nor do I accept multiple assignment submissions at the end of the term. If assignments are not handed in on time then a grade of zero (0) will be applied. Submitting assignments without my approval will not result in a grade change so please do not insist on a grade change.

Please be sure to check your e-mail, grade book comment section and the eCollege course area for announcements related to the course, your assignment, and / or Park University.

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cannot pass the class without taking the final. There is no alternate assignment for the final exam.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:








pp. 1 -29

Lecture on Thomas Szasz’s concept of mental illness as a myth (required)




About Mental Illness

* Mental illness and society

    * Historical evolution of the notion of mental illness

    * Theories of mental illness

    * Mental illness and law

    * Terminological issues

    * Cross-cultural issues

    * Mental Illness as myth

    * Psychiatric nomenclature

Discussion 1

Homework 1

Quiz 1





pp. 29 – 76

Lecture on the concept of the “medicalization of deviance” (required)



These articles are also accessible through Park University’s electronic data base.


Continuation on Mental Illness

* Culture bound syndromes and their implications

    * World patters

    * Alternative definitions of mental health

    * Psychiatric nomenclature and their reliability

    * Social stress theory

    * Family systems theory

    * Labeling theory

    * Social learning theory

    * Psychoanalytic theory

Discussion 2

Homework 2

Quiz 2





Chapters 4 & 5

Lecture on the concept of “medicalization of deviance”

Supplemental: (Highly Recommended)




About Disorders

* Schizophrenic disorders

* Mood disorders

* Anxiety disorders

    o Panic disorders

    o Phobic disorders

    o Generalized anxiety disorders

    o Obsessive-Compulsive disorders

    o Post-traumatic stress disorders

Discussion 3

Homework 3

Quiz 3





Chapter 6

Lecture on the question of “Does Civilization Engender Neurosis/Unhappiness?” (Required).

Supplemental: (highly recommended)





Personality Disorders

o Paranoid personality

o Schizoid and schizotypal personalities

o Histrionic personality

o Narcissistic personality

o Anti-social personality

o Violence and personality disorder

o Other types of personality disorders

Discussion 4

Homework 4

Quiz 4





Chapters 7, 8 and 9



The research article cited below provides research support for the factors positively associated with mental health:

Mental Illness epidemiology, social class and socially

* Epidemiology of mental illness

    * Social class and mental illness

    * Mental illness in relation to gender, marital Status, family relationships, and birth order

    * Mental illness and social mobility

Discussion 5

Homework 5

Quiz 5





Chapters 10 and 11

Lecture on the question on “Religion and Mental Health”.

Supplemental: (highly recommended)

These article are also available on JSTOR, an electronic data base of the library.



3.        Ellison Christopher, G., Jason D. Boardman, David R. Williams, & James S. Jackson. 2001. “Religious Involvement, Stress, and Mental Health: Findings from the 1995 Detroit Area Study.” Social Forces 80(1):215-249.

Mental illness

* Mental illness in relation to religion, ethnicity, race

    * Mental illness in relation to migration, place of residence and age

Discussion 6

Homework 6

Quiz 6





Chapter 12

Lecture on the on “Civil Commitment of the Mentally Ill”

Supplemental: (highly recommended).



Mental Illness and the impact on Family

* Becoming a mental patient

 * Onset of mental illness and family dynamics

 * Onset of mental illness and community response

* The process of committing the mentally ill

Discussion 7

Homework 7

Quiz 7





Chapters 13 and 14

Lecture on the on “Criminalizing the Mentally Ill”


1. The following article, “Deinstitutionalization: an Appraisal of Reform” published in the Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 16 (1990) pp.301-327, provides an excellent review and appraisal of deinstitutionalization. The article is available through the Library’s electronic data base, but you can also directly access it by clicking on the following link:

    2. The medicalization and criminalization of the homeless is discussed in the following article by Arlene Mathieu published in Medical Anthropology Quarterly Vol. 7 No. 2 (June 1993), pp. 170-184, also available through the Library’s electronic data base:

    3. The article by Telpin Linda A., “Police Discretion and Mentally Ill persons,” published in the National Institute of Justice Journal July 2000, is succinct and informative on the handling of the mentally ill by the police.

* The mental health system

* In patient treatment modalities

* Institutionalization

* Community mental health services

* Mental patient in the community

* The stigma of mental illness

* Mental illness and homelessness

* Mental illness and substance abuse

* Review and prospects

Discussion 8

Homework 8

Quiz 8

Final Exam 8

Core Assessment






Total points

500 pts

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