Mental Disorder: Critical Practice Approaches

Course code SPSW3008Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course links theoretical perspectives of mental health and disorder to their practical application in the context of social and community care. In particular, it critiques contemporary policy and intervention programs from a strengths-based anti-discriminatory perspective.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate:

1. An understanding of the different theoretical perspectives used in the study and analysis of community mental health policy and practice.

2. A knowledge of key ideologies, discourses of mental health, and their pragmatic prescriptions for policy development and implementation.

3. An ability to critically evaluate and analyse policies, intervention programs and community mental health research.

4. Skills in writing academic essays, reports, tutorial presentations, research, theoretical and methodological skills.
Content1. Introduction: Social Causes and Consequences of Mental Illness.
2. Social reactions to Mental Illness.
3. The Relationship between public attitudes and professional labels.
4. Medicalisation of Deviant Behaviour as Mental Illness.
5. Deinstitutionalisation and Community Mental Health.
6. Policy Programs and Community Based Services.
7. Psychopolitics: Feminist Critiques.
8. Individual Rights and the Mental Health System.
9. Cross Cultural Issues.
10. Radical accounts of policy trends: Capitalist economies and welfare provision.
11. Anti-Discriminatory and Anti-Oppressive Perspectives.
12. Confronting injustice and oppression: Strategies for social action.
13. Emanicipatory Participative Action Research
14. Comparative Mental Health Policy
Replacing Course(s)SPSW3080 Community Based Mental Health.
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSPSW1001 Intro to Human Service and Community Welfare or equivalent.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsExperience Based Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsMajor Essay - 2500 words - 60%.
Presentations - IndividualSeminar Presentation - 1500 words - 40%.
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SPSW3008