Psychology & Sociology for Occupational Therapy 2

Course code OCCT2220Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This course complements the core studies and practical experiences of second year occupational therapy students. It contains a psychological and sociological component.
a) The psychological component explores psychological issues relevant to the practice of Occupational Therapy, including illness and disability. It focuses on the Biopsychosocial model of health. Topics may include the psychological aspects of pain and stress, grief and bereavement, and communication and compliance. It covers both phenomenal and practical domains.
b) The sociological component focuses on the social context; the social processes and structures that shape and influence the Biopsychosocial model of health, health care practices and policies. In particular it examines the role of, and tension between, stakeholders in the development of health care practices and health policy.

The Psychology component is not part of an Australian Psychological Society accredited sequence.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn completing this course students will be able to:
- Identify and discuss features of the Australian health care system
- Demonstrate knowledge of the biopsychosocial model of health
- Examine the connections between lifestyle factors and health and illness
- Analyse the impact of power, politics and ideology upon the model of health care, health care policies and practices evident in the Australian health care system
- Identify and critically analyse the role of structural interests in the construction and delivery of health care
- Explore and evaluate responses of occupational therapists and health consumers to key socio-political and medical factors impacting upon health.
ContentTopics may include:
- The Australian health care system with reference to the international context
- Illness and disability
- Models of health
- The social context of individual behavioural choices
- Relationships between physical and emotional health
- The impact of individual differences
- The role of politics, ideology and power
- Structural interests
- The role of occupational therapy
- The role of health care consumers.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePSYC1030, SOCA1200
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsPsychology essay 1000 words - 20%
Examination: FormalThree-hour exam (Psychology 30%, Sociology 30%) - 60% Students must achieve a passing grade in both the psychology and sociology components of the assessment for this course.
Presentations - GroupSociology Seminar Presentation. Small groups of students will be required to present a sociological review of an article on a health policy - 20%
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.