Wellcome Trust - Schizophrenia

Ref: C3530991

Is Schizophrenia an illness of the brain, mind or spirit? How is it diagnosed? Is a diagnosis reliable? What is the scientific evidence for a hereditary explanation? Do the drugs work? This is the second in a series of short courses investigating the scientific basis for some of the most common Psychiatric diagnoses. We shall examine the science behind some of the explanations provided and review the evidence for the effectiveness of some of the treatments on offer. This is not a therapy course; it aims to help you think critically about the claims and counter claims in the field of mental health. It is part of the Building a Fair Society with Healthy Lives project funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Course aim

To critically examine the scientific evidence for the current diagnostic classification of Schizophrenia and some explanations and treatments.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is open to anyone to attend, no previous knowledge or experience is required. Follow up materials and activities will be available using Canvas, the WEAs online classroom. This is an optional extra rather than a course requirement.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • explain the basis for a diagnosis of Schizophrenia.
  • become familiar with some of the criticisms of this classification and diagnostic criteria.
  • review some of the evidence for and against some of the common explanations for the causes of Schizophrenia.
  • become aware of some of the treatments offered and their strengths and limitations.
  • be introduced to the work of the Wellcome Trust

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • opportunities for follow up courses will be suggested.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Sources of further online information will be provided together with an electronic copy of the presentation slides used for those who can provide an e-mail address. Printed copies will be available for those who require them.

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Wellcome Trust - Schizophrenia


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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