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WS4503 - Social Work and Mental Health

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts and Social Sciences (pre 2015)

This subject offers an introduction to critical, theoretical and applied issues in relation to mental health practice. Providing an overview of mental health practice, this course emphasises social welfare practice, social justice and human rights approaches to mental health. The subject is interwoven with an intersectoral analysis, including gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic status.

Learning Outcomes

  • understand conceptualisations of mental health and mental illness in relation to human rights and social justice;
  • gain an overview of mental health legislation and the shaping of social policy in relation to mental health in Australia;
  • be conversant with the knowledge base and values of professional disciplines involved in the delivery of mental health services in Australia (ICD 10, DMS IV, multi disciplinary teams, organisation of mental health services, alternative options for naming and responding to mental health issues.);
  • integrate an understanding of mental health and mental illness with social work theories, skills and values and explore the application of social work practice frameworks with diverse social and cultural contexts;
  • critically examine the ideas that inform the questions 'what is health?' 'what is mental health?' (including historical themes, medical models, sociological models, the social construction of madness, and the spectrum of interventions for mental health practice).
Prerequisites: WS3515 or WS3516
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
WS5603

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Abraham Francis, Dr Narayan Gopalkrishnan
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars - ten hours of study required each week (includes workshop/seminar hours)
Assessment: individual reflective practice statement (50%); assignments (50%).

External, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Abraham Francis, Dr Narayan Gopalkrishnan.
Workload expectations:
  • 10 hours - 10 hours of study required per week.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: individual reflective practice statement (50%); assignments (50%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Abraham Francis, Dr Narayan Gopalkrishnan.
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars - 10 hours of study required each week (includes workshop/ seminar hours)
Assessment: individual reflective practice statement (50%); assignments (50%).

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