Excerpts: HUMS 135 Introduction to Mental Illness 1of 3 University of Alaska Course Content Guide Date September 14, 2000 Course Prefix & Number HUMS 2 _ _ Credits 2 Program Associate of Applied Science in Disabilties Course Description This course is a basic overview of mental illness. Topics include the stigma in today’s society, history of deinstitutionalization, and the etiologies, types, and symptoms of mental illness. Students will be introduced to basic treatment approaches and discuss the role of family, friends and community in recovery and wellness. Course Design This course is designed for lower division undergraduate students in the disability support field. This course is for two (2) credit hours. Student “classroom time” clock hours: Required audioconferences (8 @ 90 min.) 720 Required structured videotape viewing (4 tapes) 270 Total 1,500 minutes D. Student “out of class homework” clock hours: 60 – 70 hours of additional assignments to include: journal entries, referenced readings, written response papers, etc. E. A long distance audioconference fee is assessed for this course. Other “on campus” standard student fees are waived. F. This distance delivered course is offered on a non-standard schedule, and is sscheduled to be offered once per academic year. Eight weekly audioconferences are required; attendance is mandatory. Course Activities: This distance delivered course requires the students to actively participate in mandatory weekly audiocnferences and complete optional Internet activities, readings, knowledge assessments, and homework assignments which focus on understanding individuals with mental illness. Prerequisite/Co-requisite Knowledge and Skills Although not required, it is recommended that students complete distance delivered courses HUMS 282: Communiyt Services for People with Disabiliites and HUMS 205: Intro. to Human Exceptionality prior to, or concurrent with, this course. Excerpts: HUMS 135 Introduction to Mental Illness 2of 3 Course Evaluation: Graded x Yes No A. Required participation in weekly audioconferences- 25% B. Completion of required weekly homework assignments- 75% Excerpts: HUMS 135 Introduction to Mental Illness 3of 3 INTRODUCTION TO MENTAL ILLNESS COURSE CALENDAR Class 1: Jan. 14 During this class, we will: Introduce ourselves Discuss how to best participate in an audioconference Introduce basic material on Stigma and Mental Illness. After class, you should immediately begin working on the required reading, Homework Questions and video responses for Class 2. Class 2: Jan. 21 Before class you must: Read: “Causes of Mental Illness” in Educating Patients & Families About Mental Illness (pg. 285-287) and answer homework questions. Watch “Mental Illness: Personal Perspectives”video (approx. 50 min.) and answer homework questions Watch a “Hollywood”movie regarding people with mental illness (see potential list of movies) and answer homework questions. Log on to www.mentalhealth.org and complete homework questions regarding stigma. Read: “Chapter 5- Facts and Fictions Concerning Mental Illness in People With Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities” in Challenging Behavior (pg. 89-99) and answer the homework questions. Read: "Empirical Correction of Seven Myths about Schizophrenia with Implications for Treatment " (pg. 140-146) no homework questions.
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