CA 720 (M2) - Seminar

Sem/Narratives Mental Health

Manchester   Coll of Professional Studies :: Communication Arts
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2023 - Full Term (08/28/2023 - 12/11/2023)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   15  
CRN: 15209
Intensive readings and research course in a highly focused area of study. Topics vary. Descriptions of course content and any prerequisites are available during preregistration. May be repeated if topics differ.
Section Comments: Course Title: Narratives of Mental Health and Illness. No credit if credit received for CA 612 Narrative.
Registration Approval Required. Contact Instructor or Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Carol Gay

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/28/2023 12/11/2023 F 9:10am - 12:00pm PANDRA P365
Additional Course Details: 

Narratives of Mental Health and Illness: Humans are natural storytellers.  We make sense of our experiences by creating narratives of our identities, relationships, and social realities.  The stories we tell, become “dwelling places,” creating frameworks for interaction in different domains of our lives. This course will focus on narratives of mental illness and health.  Such narratives are complex as, at this time in history, western culture is actively trying to break long held beliefs that such illness narratives are private matters, best not discussed. The silencing of mental health stories has mirrored systemic mental health treatment underfunding and gaps in access. Along with the myriad impacts from the COVID pandemic, we are in what is being called a mental health crisis. Further, consider narratives of health and wellness. Media in general, social media especially, highlights narratives of being our best self, physically, mentally, and emotionally. In this course, we will explore how these narratives reveal and conceal the intricacies of individual experience, and the ways our cultural narratives impact our ability to think critically about illness, health, and wellness. We will consider how we craft stories of illness and wellness within relational, historical, social, political, economic, and cultural contexts. We will also critically explore a variety of topics relevant to narrative theory, including canonical stories, subjectivity, culture, time, secrets and lies, memory, trauma, reframing, and truth.  Using autoethnographic research methods, students will conduct original research projects. Readings include theoretical, methodological, autoethnographic, non-fiction, and fictional texts.