Sociology of Mental Health

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sociology of Mental Health

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Health Science, Psychology, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module will introduce students to sociological concepts and theories pertaining to the field of mental health. It will critically explore issues such as stigma and labeling, the psychiatric professions, the organisation of mental health care, and the influence of culture, class, gender and ethnicity on mental health. It will foster a critical sociological imagination which will assist mental health nurses to both ask appropriate questions and reflect upon relevant factors relating to the care of individual whether in an institution or in the community 

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Critically analyse sociology as a vehicle for understanding mental health
    2. Critically evaluate the issues relating to the psychiatric professions and institutional and community care
    3. Critically discuss the concepts of self, identity, stigma and labelling
    4. Critically review the impact of culture, class, gender and ethnicity on mental health
    5. Critically appraise current debates in mental health