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Culture, Psychology and Psychiatry

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Netherlands Government
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Research University

Program description

This course provides students with insight in the relationship between culture and psychological and psychiatric phenomena, and enhancing their ability to contribute to mental health interventions.

In this course students will gain knowledge of various theoretical approaches in the field of culture, psychology and psychiatry. They learn to adequately interpret specific complaints and experiences in relation to culture, and gain insight into the influence of culture on cognitive and emotional processes, as well as on therapeutic practices. Major themes to be discussed include (1) the cultural construction of mental health and mental illnesses, (2) the role of culture in the expression of psychopathology (e.g. in idioms of distress, culture-bound syndromes and in classification systems), in guiding help seeking, and in shaping the therapeutic relationship, (3) the place of culture in working with immigrants and refugees as well as in the field of global mental health and public mental health. (4) the role of culture, psychology and psychiatry in the social reconstruction after disaster, war and political violence (5) methods of cross-cultural research: ethnography and the basics of epidemiology.

Admission requirements

Previous education

Master's degree in social sciences, or in medicine, public health, psychology, psychiatry.

Professional experience

Candidates with 2 years working experience and a Bachelor's degree in one of the mentioned fields, may also apply.

Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 6.5, IELTS listening: 6.5, IELTS reading: 6.5, IELTS writing: 6.5, IELTS speaking: 6.5, TOEFL paper based: 550, TOEFL computer based: 213, TOEFL internet based: 88


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