Mental Health and Society

Code: PSYC1200

Course description

This course focuses on a multi-disciplinary examination of the ways in which mental health and addiction are viewed by society and how these perceptions influence society’s response to the practical and socio-political aspects of mental illness. Students will examine personal attitudes, societal myths, and stereotypes related to mental illness and addiction. Students will be challenged to critically reflect upon how their personal orientations and resulting behaviours about mental illness, addiction, and wellness impact their cultural, societal and political beliefs. Drawing on literature, arts, politics, media, medicine, and the social sciences, students will critically examine mental illness and addiction as a social construct and contrast and compare assumptions of agency, normalcy, treatment, and recovery. Students will also learn firsthand from those with mental illness, evaluate the effects of mental illness in special populations including Indigenous people and the elderly. Finally, students will explore ways that those affected by mental illness and addiction construct and assess themselves.

Course details

Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

Notice for general electives

If you are pursuing a diploma or advanced diploma, contact Jen Matthews at 519-748-5220 ext. 3265, prior to registering to ensure that your selection is eligible for your program.

Credit transfer

Have you taken this course or an equivalent course?
Contact the Credit Transfer Office.


Delivery Options

Classroom Delivery: In-person instruction that takes place at a college campus.
Online Delivery: Content is delivered entirely online through self-directed components, allowing you the flexibility to learn anytime from wherever you are.
Remote Delivery: Technology-enabled virtual instruction that takes place outside of a physical classroom. Remote delivery includes some form of scheduled real-time virtual classes or drop-in times, as well as self-directed components.
Hybrid Delivery: Instruction that includes a combination of online or remote delivery, and some classroom activities.

Registration dates

Not all courses are offered each term.

Spring 2021 registration opens February 1, 2021. Fall 2021 registration opens July 5, 2021.