SO327 Sociology Mental Health Illness

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SO 327 Sociology Mental Health Illness


S1WW 2013 WN


Iseminger, Janice


Adjunct Faculty


MS Social Gerontology
EdSp Curriculum and Development
PhD Higher Education Policy and Analysis

Office Location

by appointment

Office Hours

by appointment

Daytime Phone

660-647-9921 Ext. 7542 (work)

Other Phone

660-477-0181 (home, leave message)


Semester Dates

Jan. 14 - May 10, 2013

Class Days


Class Time




Credit Hours


Sociology of Mental Illness (5th Ed.) by Bernard Gallager,  Prentice Hall. 

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Additional Resources:

journal articles, video clips, magazine articles, movie assignments, newspaper clippings, chapter readings from additional books, and other resources as specified by the instructor. 

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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 strongly believe that education is transformative. Through education and actually any form of learning, whether formal or informal, our lives are transformed, as we acquire knowledge but more importantly expand our understanding of the world in which we live and our place in it. Learning enables us to grow beyond where we are and to see and experiment with alternative perspectives of thinking and behaving.

In my opinion, the role of the instructor in education is to serve as a facilitator of learning. Especially when working with adult students at the college and university level, the instructor facilitates the learning of other equally knowledgeable adults. The instructor assists the learners to acquire the knowledge and understanding of the subject matter that permits an integration with the student life and experiences through discussions, interactive dialog, videos, writings, quizzes, readings (beyond the textbook), and classroom projects.


Class Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Points Assignment
200 Core Assessment (20%)
150 Comprehensive Final Examination (15%)
50--life and contributions of three psychologists--ppt presentation
25 Analysis of "Innocent by Reason of Insanity."
25 Your perspective on Thomas Sazz
25 What do you think is the most important treatment for mental health issues and why?
25 An Overview of a current mental health policy

50 5 self-reflective papers on topics to be assigned

60 Mental Health Assessment from a movie character and presentation

50 2 ppt presentations on subjects of your choice (25 points each)

7 weekly tests at 20 points each--140 points

200 Participation (25 x 8)


>= 900


800 - 899


700 - 799


600 -699


< 600


Points evaluation:
900-1000 - A
800-899 - B
700-799 - C
600-699 - D
below 599 - F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Work must be submitted within the due dates. If for some reason you are unable to submit work as required, you must communicate with me the reason why and if it is deemed some type of emergency, you and I will make alternative arrangements. Work not submitted on time or if not and arrangements are not made with the instructor, the work may or may not be accepted. If accepted, it will be accepted at 10% reduction in points per week the work is submitted late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

The course deals with topics that may be sensitive and perhaps even controversial to some members of the class. This is a university class; it is appropriate to deal with important issues and to do so in a responsible, fair and open-minded manner. Remember, everyone deserves our respect when they share their opinions and comments, even if their opinions differ significantly from ours. I do not anticipate any problems with rudeness in our class and I want everyone to know that the conventions of classroom etiquette will be carefully observed. Failure to conform to university standards of conduct will result in removal from the course and other possible disciplinary action. So, please be courteous, considerate of other's, and alert within the classroom.


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1--Chapters 1 and 2, test 1, work as assigned

Week 2--Chapters 3 and 4, test 2, work as assigned
Week 3--Chapters 5 and 6, test 3, work as assigned
Week 4, Chapters 7 and 8, test 4, work as assigned
Week 5, Chapters 9 and 10, test 5 work as assigned
Week 6, Chapters 11 and 12, test 6, work as assigned
Week 7, Chapters 13 and 14, test 7, work as assigned
Week 8, presentations, final

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Attendance Policy:
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.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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