CMH772 - Madness and Sanity a Continuum

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Subject Title
Madness and Sanity a Continuum

Subject Description
Everyone experiences mental and emotional distress over a lifetime, and many of us experience extremes of mental and emotional states that can be characterized as mental illness or distress; this continuum will be explored in this course from the perspective of lived experience and knowledge. Canadian Mad Studies, based on the work of the psychiatric consumer/survivor movement, is an emerging field informing mental health policy and practice and challenges dominant understandings of ?mental illness? as a lifelong, chronic and disabling medical condition. In this course, students will study the Mad movement?s contributions to the advancing of the field of mental health, as well as the connections to other human rights movements.

Credit Status
One credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Deconstruct the social construction of normalcy and (dis)ability in order to be able to critically assess health/mental health research and “evidence” and develop effective engagement and practice skills.
  2. Describe dominant conceptualizations of health and (dis)ability, which can sometimes create social and health consequences for people who receive services and can impair recovery, to identify better ways to support individuals and communities.
  3. Analyze the social construction of evidence and knowledge to assess health/mental health services and interventions.
  4. Incorporate lived experiences into research and practice to work from a holistic perspective and advance social equality.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.