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HSW1110 Mental Health and Wellbeing

Semester 2, 2020 Online
Short Description: Mental Health and Wellbeing
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090301 - Sociology
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Christina Campbell


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.


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

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Rogers, Anne & David Pilgrim 2014, A Sociology of Mental Health and Illness, 5th edn, Open University Press, Maidenhead.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 49.00
Directed Study 80.00
Private Study 36.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Quiz 20 20 26 Aug 2020
Essay 50 50 30 Sep 2020
Reflection 30 30 14 Oct 2020

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Date printed 6 November 2020