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Course DatesLengthMeeting TimesStatusFormatInstructor(s)CRN
July 12, 2021 - July 28, 20217/12 - 7/282 WeeksOnlineWaitlistedOnlineLindsay Orchowski
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Course Description

Have you ever wondered if you are spending too much time on social media? In "Media and Mental Health," we will explore and evaluate the ways in which media intersect with mental health and wellbeing. We will also explore the ways psychology and psychological treatment is (mis)-represented in the popular media.

Understanding the role of the media on mental health and wellbeing is more important than ever before. Media is a part of our everyday lives. We consume information via social media, the internet, television, film, books, newspapers and magazines. For these reasons, it is vital to understand the impact of media on your own mental health, and the wellbeing of the public at large. For example, when is media consumption harmful to your health? How can media be utilized to solve public health problems? What does a healthy relationship with media look like? Are the depictions of mental health and psychological treatment in the media accurate? Do the depictions of mental health providers impact the public perception of clinical psychologists, or the likelihood to seek help? Can internet self-help groups cause more harm than good?

In "Media and Mental Health," we will explore and evaluate these questions. Films, TV clips, and websites will be used to stimulate discussion about the accuracy, ethics, and implications of the media on mental health, and examine ways in which media intersects with public health issues. Students will gain a fundamental knowledge of abnormal psychology and public health.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand core issues in abnormal psychology, the diagnosis and treatment of psychological distress, and public health.
  • Discuss the ways in which media influence mental health and wellbeing
  • Describe how mental health and psychological treatment are portrayed in the media
  • Critically evaluate the accuracy, ethics, and implications of such portrayals
  • Develop critical thinking and analytic skills required of college courses

Prerequisites: No prior background in psychology or public health is necessary.

Course Information

  • Course Code: CEPY0916

Program Information

Summer@Brown

Brown’s Pre-College Program in the liberal arts and sciences for students completing grades 9-12 by June 2021.

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