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WS5603 - Social Work and Mental Health

Credit points: 03
Year: 2017
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

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 work practice, social justice and human rights approaches to mental health. The course is interwoven with an intersectoral analysis, including gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic status

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this subject students will be able to: 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);
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • be conversant with the knowledge base and values of professional disciplines involved in the delivery of mental health services in Australia (ICD 10, DMS-5, multi disciplinary teams, organisation of mental health services, alternative options for naming and responding to mental health issues.).
Prerequisites: WS5516 and allow concurrent
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
WS4503

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 23-Mar-2017
Coord/Lect: Dr Abraham Francis.
Contact hours:
  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars - ten hours of study required each week (includes workshop/seminar hours)
    Assessment: statement of learning (60%); essay (40%).

    External, Study Period 1
    Census Date 23-Mar-2017
    Coord/Lect: Dr Abraham Francis.
    Contact hours:
    • 10 hours - 10 hours of study required per week.
      Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
      Assessment: statement of learning (60%); essay (40%).

      Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.