Transcultural Psychiatry

Course Type: Lecture
Study Focus:

Teacher: Nicolas Pierre TAJAN

Course Code: JK21004

Psychology and psychiatry have often been criticized for not considering cultural dimensions of mental distress. This course introduces transcultural psychiatry, a discipline that carefully questions taken-forgranted ways of organizing knowledge related to mental distress with respect to cultural differences.

The course is divided into 3 sections of 4 classes. First, transcultural psychiatry’s history, principles, and methods are detailed. Second, we focus on cultural assessments such as the Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI), and the McGill Illness Narratives Interview (MINI). Third, we explain applications to mental health including insights on migrants and disasters, and offer a Psychological First Aid training. The approach is integrative: it combines most recent psychiatric definitions, psychopathological and anthropological understanding of human distress. Students are encouraged to discuss articles, videos and case studies studied in class.

The course is also unique opportunity to receive a practical training in Psychological First Aid including role playing (classes 12 and 13), inspired by the World Health Organization most recent guidelines.

By the end of this course, students will know how mental distress is assessed in various cultural contexts, and how psychological first aid in situations such as natural disasters, and other catastrophes, is provided in contexts where people also have to navigate cultural differences.

Course Information

Module: Research 1-3
CATS Requirements: MA 1st. year or above

Day/Period: Thu 2
Location: Sem. 11
Credits: 2

Course Goals

To help you develop your analytical and critical thinking regarding mental distress in a variety of social and cultural contexts.
To provide you with a general introduction to and understanding of key questions and challenges in transcultural psychiatry.

Course Schedule and Evaluation

For a detailed course schedule, please visit KULASIS.

Short tests (30%): Multiple choice questionnaire (15 questions, 1 response to choose among 3 possibilities) lasting 10 minutes at the beginning of classes 6 and 10.
Participation and attitude (30%).
Final test (40%): Multiple choice questionnaire.
Graduate students are allowed to write a term paper (ca. 4-5.000 words) to take this course for 8 ECTS.
Graduate students submit the term paper in addition to taking the test.