London, United Kingdom

Mental Health and the Mind

when 20 July 2020 - 7 August 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

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 such as social sciences, medicine, psychology, an understanding of basic principles of how mental disorders present themselves, the impact on individuals and the possibilities for recovery and treatment advances. It will address general aspects of the aetiology and treatment 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.

Course leader

Professor Angela Hassiotis, based at the UCL Division of Psychiatry, which is rated highly for research and innovative health care in mental health. She has many years’ experience of teaching undergraduates both at UCL and internationally. Her particular

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 / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2100: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition fee discount.
GBP 1100: UCL offers accommodation in a vibrant area in the heart of London which costs approx. £1100 per 3-week Session.