Sociology and Psychology of Mental Health for Occupational Therapy

Course code SOCA2505Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course provides second year Occupational Therapy students the core sociology and psychology components required for their degree. It builds on the substantial theoretical and practical experiences of the OT degree with a focus on illustrating the interplay between sociological, psychological and social factors, which are core practice requirements in the discipline of Occupational Therapy.

a) The sociology strand addresses sociological perspectives of mental health and illness, including the social processes that lead to the labeling of people with mental illness and the construction of mental illness in society. The course also considers the processes, systems and structures that govern the provision of mental health services and health professional practice.
b) The psychological component focuses on the role of psychological processes in the maintenance of well being, and the manner in which psychological dysfunction can be a consequence or precipitant of impaired productivity.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesStudents will:

- Identify sociological theories and perspectives on mental health and illness and identify the impacts on OT practice.
- Analyse the social processes related to mental health and illness and understand how these impact on access to treatment
- Critically explore the changing organization and treatment of mental illness and the involvement of health professions particularly with occupational therapy and its relationship to other related professions in a team
- Identify the major classifications of abnormal behaviour; their diagnosis, and clinical management as they pertain to OT practice
- Identify major psychological theoretical frames of reference that guide the practice of psychology (e.g. Psychoanalytical, behavioural, cognitive) with an aim to determining best practice for care.
1) Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
2) Classification Systems
3) Affective Disorders
4) Developmental Disabilities
5) Personality Disorders
6) Anxiety and Substance use Disorders

7) The Social Construction of Mental Illness
8) Mental Illness in Australian Society
9) Mental Health and Labelling
10) Mental Health World and Professions
11) Medicalisation Models of Care
12) Mental Health for the 21st Century
Replacing Course(s)PSYC3505
TransitionStudents who have completed PSYC3505 will not be eligible to enrol in SOCA2505.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePSYC2505
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalPsychology Exam mid semester 25%

Sociology Exam end of semester 25%
Other: (please specify)Tutorial assessment and class participation tasks
Sociology: 25% and Psychology 25%
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SOCA2505