Philosophy of Mental Disorder

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Philosophy of Mental Disorder

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    This module is a consideration of the many philosophical questions that are raised by the psychiatric notions
    of ""mental disorder."" Among the questions considered will be: * does depression have a meaning or it is
    simply an organic illness?
    * are paranoid experiences an effort to make sense of a broken reality?
    * what does
    it mean to describe some one's personality as ""disordered""?
    * why do we hold some criminals less responsible
    than others because of a psychiatric diagnosis?
    * can we describe people as dangerous on the basis of a
    psychiatric diagnosis?
    A broader objective of the module is to find ways of elucidating the conception
    of ""normality"" that underpins the very idea of ?disorder.?

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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