Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Beautiful Mind: Global Perceptions of Mental Health

when 17 July 2021 - 31 July 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 850

NOTE: Given the insecurity about the development of covid-19 and its influence on on-campus (offline) activities, all –then applicable- guidelines from the Dutch government will be followed. On 1 May, we will decide whether this course can run on-campus or if it will be given online.

How young is too young to diagnose a child with bipolar disorder? What is the solution to alcohol addiction in South Korea? What is normal – and does “normal” even exist? To explore such questions, this course invites you “down the rabbit hole” of mental health as a global issue. Offering the broadest possible perspective on the topic, we discuss the most prevalent and impactful disorders in different regions and so reveal the complexity of the psychiatric aspects of public health worldwide.

We begin with a general introduction to mental health, following this up with in-depth lectures and workshops on current diagnostic methods in the field. You then use this newly acquired knowledge to discuss treatment options at both individual and community level. You also dive into the realm of policy-making and regulation, on a national as well as an international scale.

Particular attention is paid to developing your critical thinking ability in this area by discussing the ambiguity of mental health. Further lectures and workshops focus upon related issues, such as the ethics of mental health, cultural influences and stigma. Working in groups, you end the course by investigating a specific question in global mental health, analysing and reporting on this topic through medical and cross-cultural psychiatric lenses.

Course leader

Elena V. Syurina

Target group

Students and professionals with a background in public health, mental health or a similar field, plus professionals looking to expand their understanding of these issues at the global level. Our courses are multi-disciplinary and therefore are open to students with a wide variety of backgrounds.

Course aim

At the end of this course, you:
•Acquire basic knowledge about the mental health organization, from diagnosis to rehabilitation.
•Understand the factors which influence mental health status and service provision, in both the national and the international arena.
•Are able to take an interdisciplinary approach to mental health issues so that you better understand how they relate to other health-related problems.
•Gain practical experience in designing a community-based mental health intervention.
•Are better able to critically assess and debate the complexities and ambiguities of mental health problems.
•Meet and work with peers from different countries and backgrounds.

Credits info

3 EC
Contact Hours: 45
Do you want to make the most out of your summer? You can combine this course with a course in session 1 to create a 4-week Summer School in Amsterdam.

Fee info

EUR 850: The tuition fee of a two-week course depends on your situation and ranges from €850-1150. This tuition fee includes:
- Two week course;
- Exclusive content for a limited number of students;
- Transcript of records with a maximum of 3 ECTS (European study credits);
- Certificate of attendance after completing the course;
- Individual/group guidance from professor;
- Interactive classes;
- Full support from the summer school team;
- For on-campus courses: airport pick-up and welcome activities.

Scholarships

VU Amsterdam Summer School offers three kinds of scholarships: the Academic Scholarship, the Photographer Scholarship and the Vlogger/Videographer Scholarship. More information can be found on the VU Amsterdam Summer School website.

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