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HSW1110 Mental Health and Wellbeing

Semester 2, 2022 Ipswich On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Emma Dunlop


In 1996 the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council agreed to the formulation of national health priorities for Australia. Mental Health has remained on this list of priorities ever since. Given the ongoing emphasis on the need to better understand and manage mental health issues in Australian society, it is incumbent upon professionals in the human services to be cognisant of the factors that influence mental health in order to be able to respond appropriately to the needs of service users and promote mental wellness.

This course will enable participants to trace and critically examine social factors that promote mental health and illness, influence the onset and course of mental illness, and understand competing models and discourses surrounding mental health and illness in Australia and globally from a sociological perspective. Further, this course provides an opportunity to explore how social practices and ideas contribute to the ways in which society, families and individuals are affected by mental health and mental illness.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Describe and critique the various competing philosophical, sociological and conceptual frameworks for understanding mental health and illness including the impact and experiences of people with mental illness;
  2. Determine the advantages and disadvantages of mental health and illness classification systems from a sociological perspective;
  3. Describe contemporary debates within the mental health field that may impact on the lives of people with mental illness;
  4. Engage in reflective and ethical decision making surrounding complex mental health policy and practice areas, including the identification of strategies (individual and team) to minimise discrimination and combat stigmas associated with mental illness;
  5. Examine effective roles for human service workers within the discipline of mental health.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Module 1:History and Context of Mental Health/Illness 30.00
2. Module 2:Theoretical Approaches to Mental Health & Illness 35.00
3. Module 3:Social Contexts of Mental Health and Illness 35.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz No 20 1,2
Assignments Written Essay No 50 3,4,5
Assignments Written Reflection (personal/clinical) No 30 3,4,5
Date printed 30 June 2022