AD5835: The Social Context of Mental Health

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 30.
Pre-requisite(s): None.
Co-requisite(s): None.
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 16hr(s) Other (Group work); 24hr(s) Lectures; 60hr(s) Other (reflection individually and in groups)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, School of Applied Social Studies, and guest lecturers; Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: To develop an understanding of a range of perspectives on mental health from both historical and contemporary standpoints and their impact on mental health policy and practice. The links between creativity and mental health will also be explored. Students will also examine contemporary debates around various frameworks for understanding mental health and the particular practice approaches that are informed by these frameworks.
Module Content: Theories and definitions of mental health from a historical, cultural, medical social and holistic perspective will be examined. Contemporary debates on policy and practice around mental health; ethics and values relating to mental health; the role of service users in mental health policy practice and understanding mental health and the family and the family members' lived experiences. A range of supports will be reflected upon in the context of policy/legislation and human rights.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Examine historical approaches and societal attitudes to people who experience mental health issues.
  • Analyse theories in relation to causes and definitions of mental health issues in different contexts.
  • Debate the importance of service users' perspectives in informing policy and practice.
  • Discuss the role of ethics and values in the context of mental health.
  • Discuss contemporary approaches and interventions to supporting mental health.
  • Outline the importance of the presumption of capacity and upholding a Human Rights based approach.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Reflective assessment - 4 x 600 word reflective logs, 25 marks each).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Module Coordinator).

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