Cultures of Madness
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NANT 3639
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Cultural Studies
- Social Sciences
Why do we do the things we do? Why do we feel the things that we feel? Can any behavior truly be called crazy? Through a mix of readings, this course introduces concepts, theories, and methods related to the study of culture and human behavior. In this era of globalization, where contact between people from different lands and cultures is more the norm than the exception, an understanding of the role culture plays in personal decision making, group belief systems, and culture-bound expressions of suffering is critical. Texts exploring the anthropology of psychology and medicine provide the class with a framework for examining the intersection of culture and interpretations of irrationality and abnormality.