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War, Memory & Mental Health (Module)

Module description

This module examines the phenomenon of war related violence, destruction, distress, and trauma-related health problems, health-seeking and healing practices. We will follow and discuss the debates of researchers who have tried to determine and verify the effects of violent conflict on the mental health of those affected by focusing on concepts like war trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social suffering, and idioms of distress. We will problematize conventional and universal understandings of trauma, and disease-centered approaches to traumatic experience and health interventions.

Class sessions will involve lectures, guest lectures, student presentations, discussions, film screenings, and review activities. To involve students in their own learning, make seminar topics come alive, to deepen students’ knowledge of a topic, and to develop particular skills, questions which stimulate critical thinking, annotated suggestions for further readings, and lists of related websites will be provided.

• To introduce students to key concepts and debates around war trauma and relevant interventions.
• To approach mental health and wars from an interdisciplinary angle by reviewing the publications of work in the fields of medicine, public health, psychiatry, anthropology, sociology, history and philosophy.
• To develop an understanding of theories of and approaches related to the key concepts related to war, mental health and healing.
• To synthesise, compare, and critically discuss key concepts, academic debates, research approaches and relevant ethnographic studies.

Staff information

Dr. Hanna Kienzler

Dr. Orkideh Behrouzan

Teaching pattern


Module assessment - more information

1 x 1,500 word essay (40%)
1 x 2,000 word essay (60%)

Key information

Module code 7SSHM611

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework

Credit value 15

Semester Semester 1 (autumn)

Study abroad module Yes