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Mad Science/Mad Pride

Semester and Year FA 2012
Course Number IDSEM-UG1311
Section 001
Instructor Bradley Lewis
Days Tue
Time 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Units 4.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement SCI


In recent years, questions of madness, psychiatry, and psychopharmaceuticals have been the subject of considerable strife and controversy. This class uses narrative theory to map out the terrain of these conflicts and explore competing approaches to psychiatric concerns. We start with an overview of narrative theory as relevant to issues of mental difference and suffering. Key narrative topics we discuss include plot, metaphor, character, and point of view. With this theory as our guide, the alternative approaches we consider include biopsychiatry, psychoanalysis, cognitive therapy, family therapy, feminist therapy, spiritual approaches, and creative approaches. We conclude with a consideration of the Icarus Project idea that sometimes madness is best seen as a “dangerous gift.”



Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

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