Dowling College Dr. Christian Perring Spring 2008
PHL/PSY 4180 Philosophy of Psychiatry and Psychology
CRN 21433/ 21620
RC 423 MW 01:00 pm-02:20 pm
E-mail: perringc at dowling.edu [All email to me should have "PHL/PSY 4180" in the subject line]
Office Phone: 244-3349
Office: 330B RC (next to the computer lab)
Office Hours: MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM; F 8:00-9:00AM, or by appointment
Required Textbook: An Anthology of Psychiatric Ethics, edited by Stephen Green and Sidney Bloch, Oxford University Press, 2006.
Course requirements: (details to be specified later)
Class Participation (5%)
Online Blackboard Participation (5%)
Reading notes (10%)
Student Presentation (7%)
Take home final exam (20%)
First paper (>1500 words, 2 scholarly refs) (15%)
Final paper (>3000 words, 4 scholarly refs, draft required) (35%)
In this course, students will:
Reading Notes: you must make notes on the reading every week. Each class I will collect and review your reading notes. Each set is worth 0.5% of your final course grade and you must submit 20 sets. The notes should be at least 300 words, with benchmarks (page, section, or chapter markers), and should include some personal thoughts and reactions that strike you as you read. Since you either get full credit or no credit, you do not need to worry so much about spelling and grammar.
Plagiarism detection and prevention: All papers should be submitted via Turnitin.com or sent to me by email as an attachment in MS Word or RTF. I will give you information about how to use Turnitin.com. Note that I view any form of academic dishonesty very seriously, and if I find that you have engaged in any significant form of plagiarism or cheating I will fail you in this course and report my action to the Dean of Students.
Attendance: Attendance is required, including the first class. You need to be seated in the classroom by the start of the class period, when I will take attendance. If you are late to class, you need to speak to me at the end of class to explain why you were late and ask me to record your presence on my roster. If you need to miss a class, you should notify me by phone or email before the class. To get an absence excused, you must provide documentation of a medical reason. . Your attendance grade will suffer significantly if you miss classes without excuse.
Attendance grade: 0 absences =100; 1 absence =90; 2 absences=75; 3 absences=50; 4 or more = 0
Classroom Etiquette. All cell phones ringers should be turned off and you should never talk on your cell phone in class. You should not eat any food in class, especially food that others will notice through sound or smell. You should turn up on time to all classes. You are free to express your views and question the views of others, including your professor, and you can be passionate about your opinions. However, you must always treat others in the class with respect; you can criticize the views and arguments of others, but you cannot criticize them as persons. You should also make sure you are not dominating classroom discussion to the exclusion of other class members.
Participation: You are expected to participate in two ways. First, you need to contribute to class discussion. You should be engaged in the class, ready to answer questions and thinking of useful questions to ask. This means you have to do the reading ahead of time; I may well ask you to summarize the reading or give a reaction to it, and so you should be ready to do this. You must also participate on the Blackboard class discussion board. Since this is easy to quantify, the requirement is that you make at least 15 contributions to the various discussions, or start your own discussion topics, over the semester. You can do this by commenting on the readings, commenting on the ideas raised in class, commenting on what other people have said on the discussion board or in class, or posting recent news items and discussing their relevance to the class.
Academic and Personal Problems. If you have problems that cause you to be late with work or to miss a number of classes, please stay in communication by phone, email, or by meeting with me in person. I will be willing to work with you and sort out a way for you to still stay in the class and get a fair grade. If you miss a number of classes or fail to hand in work on time but don't give me any explanation then you risk failing the class.
Keeping Copies of Your Work. It is your responsibility to keep copies of all your work in this course until your final grade is submitted. You need to keep copies of your work in at least 3 different places, because all storage methods are fallible. Floppy disks are very unreliable and I recommend you don't use them. If you do use them, back them up every day. Better methods of storage are CD-ROMS, flashdrives or jumpdrives, zip-drives, hard disks, and emails to yourself with your work attached to the emails. It can be a good idea to print out your work and keep a hard copy. But remember that no method of data storage is perfect, which is why you should keep your work stored in at least 3 separate places.
The Papers. Note that I have given minimum lengths for the 2 papers, and a minimum number of scholarly references. Be clear that this does not mean that any paper of the necessary length is automatically of passing quality. Some papers can be short and of high quality, and other papers can be longer and yet very poor. It is important that your paper be written well: you need to write in clear grammatical English. Badly written papers will be penalized and read uncharitably. So if writing papers is not one of your strengths, you would be well advised to start your papers early and get feedback from me or writing tutors. You need to take a clear position and argue for it. You can find several guides to writing philosophy papers online: I recommend Jim Pryor's, the Dartmouth Writing Program guide, and Peter Horban's suggestions, among others. If you need to write a longer paper than the minimum in order to provide a strong defense of your thesis, then your paper will need to be longer than the minimum. Papers should be in APA style; no title page is necessary; pages should be numbered; you do not need to submit a hard copy; and I generally recommend that your paper is divided up into different clear sections, and it can be helpful to give each section its own title. Your first paper and final paper cannot be on the same topic. You should start thinking about your paper topics very early in the semester, and talk with me about it in my office hours.
You can either do a presentation during the semester, setting out the basic ideas in one of the assigned readings, or you can do a presentation at the end of the semester setting out some aspect of one of your papers. I will mainly judge your presentation on its clarity, professionalism, and helpfulness for the class. It should be 8-12 minutes long.
Adam J Falk: Sex offenders, mental illness and criminal responsibility:
American Journal of Law and Medicine; 1999; 25, 117-47
(Available on Blackboard)
Paul Chodoff: Involuntary Hospitalization of the Mentally Ill as a Moral Issue (192)
Thomas Szasz: The Case Against Suicide Prevention (196)
CW Van Staden: Incapacity to give informed consent owing to mental disorder (201)
M Munetz et al: The Ethics of Mandatory Community Treatment (204)
Gerald Klerman: The Psychiatric Patient's Right to Effective Treatment (219)
Donaldson v. O'Connor (210)
Possible First Paper Topics given out
M 2/18 President's Day: No Class
Peter Jensen: Ethical and Pragmatic Issues in the Use of Psychotropic Agents in Young Children
R Fisher & S Fisher: Antidepressants for Children (239)
Peter Kramer: The Valorization of Sadness (242)
Carl Elliott: Pursued by Happiness and Beaten (246)
Jeremy Holmes: Values in Psychotherapy (254)
Allen Bergin: Psychotherapy and Religious Values (270)
Harry Aponte: The Negotiation of Values in Therapy (276)
Richard Epstien and Robert Simon: The Exploitation Index (53)
S Freud: The Dynamics of the Transference (50)
Thomas G. Gutheil and Glen Gabbard: The Concept of Boundaries in Clinical Practice (60)
Glen Gabbard: Psychotherapists Who Trangress Sexual Boundaries with Patients (67)
Additional Topic: The Place of Psychotherapy in Political and Social Theory.
Reading: Constructing the Self, Constructing America: A Cultural History of Psychotherapy, by Philip Cushman.
Sissela Bok: The Limits of Confidentiality (156)
Douglas Black: Absolute Confidentiality (163)
A Defense of Unqualified Medical Confidentiality
by Kenneth Kipnis
AJOB 2006; 6(2):7 (On Reserve)
G. Szmukler and S Bloch: Family Involvement in the Care of People with Psychoses (171)
E Pellegrino: Secrets of the Couch and the Grave (175)
Work Due: First Paper
Possible Final Paper Topics given out.
M 3/17 Recess: No Class
M 3 19 Recess: No Class
Thomas Szasz: The Myth of Mental Illness (104)
D.L. Rosenhan: On Being Sane in Insane Places (123)
Christopher Boorse: What a Theory of Mental Health Should Be (108)
Jerome Wakefield: The Concept of Mental Disorder (130)
Patricia Ross: Values and Objectivity in Psychiatry Nosology, in John Sadler (ed), Descriptions and Prescriptions (Johns Hopkins University Press) [On Reserve] [Also available online through Dowling Library]
Symposium: Should Homosexuality be in the APA Nomenclature? Robert Stoller et al (116)
This American Life Episode 204: "81 Words" (1/18/2002) http://thislife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?episode=204
What's Normal?.Jerome Groopman. The New Yorker 83.7 (April 9, 2007): p28. (4573 words) [On Blackboard]
Jerome Wakefield: Values and the Validity of Diagnostic Criteria: Disvalued vs Disordered Conditions of Childhood and Adolescence, in John Sadler (ed), Descriptions and Prescriptions (Johns Hopkins University Press) [On Reserve] [Also available online through Dowling Library]
Christian Perring: Medicating Children: The Case of Ritalin: Bioethics (1997) 11 (3-4), 228–240. [On Reserve]
John Pearce: Consent to Treatment During Childhood (290)
Work Due: Draft of Final Draft (>1500 words)
Marcie Kaplan: A Woman's View of DSM-III (99)
“Premenstrual Mental Illness”: The Truth About Sarafem, by Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D. http://paulajcaplan.net/files/Nwhn_sarafem_ar.doc
Kenneth Kendler: A Psychiatric Dialog on the Mind Body Problem (142)
Peter Zachar and Kenneth S. Kendler "Psychiatric Disorders: A Conceptual Taxonomy". Am J Psychiatry 164:557-565, April 2007 [On Blackboard] [Also available online through Dowling Library]
Peter Zachar, "The Classification of Emotion and Scientific Realism" Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psy. Vol. 26, No. 1, 2006 [On Blackboard]
Guest Lecture by Peter Zachar. "Categories of Mental Disorders. Carving Nature at Its Joints?"
Dinesh Bhugra: Racism in Psychiatry: Paradigm Lost--Paradigm Regained (308)
"Diseases and Peculiarities of the Negro Race," by Dr. Cartwright
Joanne Thakker and Tony Ward: Culture and classification The cross-cultural application of the DSM-IV
Clinical Psychology Review: Volume 18, Issue 5, August 1998, Pages 501-529
Charles Waldegrave & Kiwi Tamasese: Some Central Ideas in the 'Just Therapy' Approach (313)
Ronald Dworkin: Autonomy and the Demented Self (293)
Rebecca Dresser: Dworkin on Autonomy (297)
Bart Collopy: Autonomy in Long Term Care: Some Crucial Distinctions (302)
Laura Weiss Roberts: Informed Consent and the Capacity for Voluntarism (466)
Richard J. Bonnie: The Moral Basis of the Insanity Defense (373)
Paul Appelbaum: The Parable of the Forensic Psychiatrist (325)
Work Due: Final Paper
M 5/5 No Class: Take Home Exam
W 5/7 No Class: Online Class Discussion Required
M 5/12 Student Presentations