SO327 Sociology Mental Health Illness

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SO 327 Sociology Mental Health Illness


S2SS 2012 RA


Kravitz, Howard B.


Adjunct Faculty


MA, Counseling, LPC-S
MA, Human Resource Management
BS, Social Science

Office Location

Randolph AFB, Campus

Office Hours

Before Class


Semester Dates

19 March - 13 May, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

4:55 - 10:20 PM

Credit Hours


Gallagher, B.J.,III. The Sociology of Mental Illness (5th ed.), Sloan Publishing, 2012. ISBN:978-1-59738-029-4 

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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:
I believe in self learning and engagement with the material under consideration.  Learning will be attained through lecture, discussion, and reading required chapters. In class participation in discussion of current topics and issues in mental illness is essential to the learning process.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate comprehension of social and environmental models impacting mental health.
  2. Students will distinguish between a medical model and social-construction of mental illness.
  3. Students will demonstrate understanding of Mental Illness diagnosis described in the text.
  4. Students will analyze and synthesize various epidemiology of mental illness.
Class Assessment:
Participation (informed discussion and engagement in class activities)
Final Exam     
Term Report  


Participation                                                     40 points 
Mid-term exam will cover chapters 1-5             50 points
Final Exam will cover ch. 6,8,9,10,12                   50 points
Term Paper                                                   100 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late material will not be accepted unless of an emergency or work required interference.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

The highest traditions of scholarship is expected.
Respect for opinions and class members is paramount.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Mar 20, introduction; Chapter 1 Mental Illness and Social Forces
Mar 27, Chapter 2, Defining Mental Illness & Chapter 3, Environmental Theories of Mental illness
Apr 03, Chapter 4 Schizophrenia & Mood Disorders
Apr 10, Chapter 5 Anxiety Disorders
Apr 17 Mid-term exam; & Chapter 6, Personality Disorders Lecture
Apr 24 Chapter 8, Social Class and Mobility & Chapter 9, Gender, Marital Status and Family Relationships
May01 Chapter 10 Religion, Ethnicity and Race & Chapter 12, Becoming a Mental Patient
May08 Wrap-up and Final Exam.

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Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

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