Every day we are told that mental illness is on the rise and that our modern way of life is proliferating mental illnesses, but where does mental illness come from and how does it impact our lives? What are its social causes and consequences? This class will explore the sociological roots and repercussions of mental illness. We will learn about the ways in which social identity and position impact mental health. We will also investigate emerging technological and biosocial frameworks, as well as the effects of race, gender, sexuality, and intersecting forms of stratification on health and illness. The prerequisite for this class is SOC 101 or 210 or 226.