Postgraduate Course: Social and Ethical Issues in Mental Health (PUHR11044)
|School||Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course will look at some of the key ethical and social issues in public mental health, including their historical dimensions. It will consider how approaches from the social sciences (for instance, the sociology of diagnosis, and the anthropology of pharmaceuticals) can contribute to our understanding of the historical and contemporary shaping of current ethical and social issues in mental health, and their impact in relation to policy, practice and individual experience. Topics to be covered include access to therapies, the development of diagnostic categories, and pharmaceutical marketing.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
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| By the end of the course, students should be able to:
- explain the significance of some of the key ethical and social issues in mental health today.
- describe how science, policy, clinical practice and popular culture interact to shape and define these issues.
- analyse current and emerging concerns in mental health by drawing on concepts and debates from the social sciences.
- evaluate policy, clinical and popular commentaries on mental health in terms of the ethical and social issues they mask or introduce.
- appreciate how national issues may come to have global significance.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Medicalisation, Mental Health Policy, Pharmac
||Course secretary||Mr Stuart Mallen
Tel: (0131 6)50 3227