Schedule of Classes Course Description

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Course Prefix: PSY                                     Course Number: 445                                    
Course Title: Culture, Psychopathology and Healing
Subject: Psychology
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


This course will study and compare models of mental illness and treatment within Western cultures, non-Western cultures and migrating populations. Cultural notions of mental illness and healing and applicability of Western models of psychopathology, psychiatry and psychotherapy to other cultures will be considered. The evolving role of Western psychology and psychiatry within the context of globalization of health care systems will be addressed. Topics will include: self and culture; emotions and culture; across-cultural diagnosis; psychotherapists, traditional healers and shamans; the immigrant as psychiatric patient; the politics of psychiatry in world health.

Prerequisite: ENG 102; PSY 242; and junior standing or above.
Start Date:    01/31/2005                         End Date:    06/30/2012