Teaching "Schizophrenia" Using a Foreign Film

Brenna Riley
March 17, 2015

Purpose of the Lesson

By screening Schizophrenia (2012) [3:25] during an abnormal psychology course, you can easily cover the subject as well as give students a further understanding of what it may be like to live with schizophrenia.

Film Summary

Schizophrenia is a French film about a man who has Schizophrenia. The lack of sound during the majority of the film serves as contrast to the shrieking noises as well as the ticking of the clock and the dripping of the faucet - sounds that may indicate insanity. While many people may believe that all schizophrenics hear voices, this may not always be the case.

Lesson Plan

Part 1: Discussion

Ask students some questions to get them thinking.

  • What do you think it would feel like to be schizophrenic?

  • What do you think goes on in the mind of someone who is schizophrenic?

Part 2: Screen Schizophrenia

Show the short film Schizophrenia to the students

Part 3: Discussion

Ask students what they think of the film

  • Does it line up with their idea of what schizophrenia is?

  • Dive into a further investigation of schizophrenia

    • Symptoms

    • Classifications

    • Treatment: Medications/Therapy

Click on the image to watch Schizophrenia.