London, United Kingdom

Mental Health and the Mind

when 15 July 2024 - 2 August 2024
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2585

Mental disorders, e.g. schizophrenia, dementia, depression, are common across all countries and constitute about 14% of the global burden of disease. Many people with a mental disorder - and the majority of those living in low income countries - still have no access to the treatments they need. This module will offer students from a range of backgrounds, e.g. social sciences, medicine, psychology, an understanding of basic principles of how mental disorders present, the impact on individuals and the advances in treatment and recovery. The module will address general aspects of the aetiology of mental disorders, the setting within which such disorders are managed in the UK and globally and finally bring the students in touch with people with lived experience of a mental disorder in order to elucidate aspects of stigma and health and social inequalities. Most importantly, we hope that students will be inspired to further their interest in this field and go on to develop a career in mental health.

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Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). Students must have completed one year of undergraduate study. No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Course aim

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

Have gained an understanding of basic concepts about mental health
Be able to list the main symptoms of several mental disorders
Be aware of the treatment options available and of the philosophies of care
Have learned how to communicate with a person with lived experience of mental illness
Have gained skills in critical reflection as a way of improving service delivery and patient satisfaction

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 15 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2585: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition fee discount.
GBP : Students are welcome to apply for accommodation at a UCL summer residence.

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