MIND, "MADNESS" AND SOCIETY: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIOLOGY OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ILLNESS

SOC2MIN

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The apparent rise in mental illness is a significant contemporary problem. In Australia, public attention has focused on the epidemic of anxiety and depressive disorders; high rates of suicide among males in rural areas; the mental health of Indigenous people, refugees, and youth; and the effects of illicit drug-use, especially ice. Can we claim that people are more distressed today, than in times past? If so, is this linked to particular changes in our social and material conditions, or is it a consequence of how we define and respond to mental illness and emotional suffering? This subject provides an introduction to sociological perspectives on mental illness. Topics include social responses to mental illness (asylum building, deinstitutionalisation and community care); the growth of psychiatry and other mental health professions; structural inequalities in mental health related to class, gender, ethnicity; the micro-politics of service provision; the rise of therapy culture; and subjective experiences of mental illness.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnne-Maree Sawyer

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites SOC1SAC, or 60 credit points of level-1 in SBPS or SBPSW or SBPSB or HBHS (Rehabilitation Counselling Major)

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects SOC2SHI SOC3SHI

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply sociological concepts to understanding mental health and illness.

Activities:
Online quizzes; a 2,000-word essay exploring a topic in the sociology of mental health and illness.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Explain key concepts and theories in the sociology of mental health and illness.

Activities:
Tutorial exercises based on key research articles from the literature on sociology of mental health and illness; a 2,000-word essay exploring a topic in the sociology of mental health and illness; online quizzes.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Summarise research and arguments on a specific topic in the sociology of mental health and illness.

Activities:
Tutorial exercises based on key research articles from the literature on sociology of mental health and illness; a 2,000-word essay exploring a topic in the sociology of mental health and illness.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

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Albury-Wodonga, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnne-Maree Sawyer

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Twelve 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
Twelve 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Tutorial exercises - 1,300-words30 02, 03
Online quizzes - equivalent 1,000-words20 01, 02
Essay - 2,000-words50 01, 02, 03

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnne-Maree Sawyer

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Twelve 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
Twelve 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Tutorial exercises - 1,300-words30 02, 03
Online quizzes - equivalent 1,000-words20 01, 02
Essay - 2,000-words50 01, 02, 03

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnne-Maree Sawyer

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Twelve 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
Twelve 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Tutorial exercises - 1,300-words30 02, 03
Online quizzes - equivalent 1,000-words20 01, 02
Essay - 2,000-words50 01, 02, 03

Mildura, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnne-Maree Sawyer

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Twelve 2.0 days lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
Twelve 1.0 days tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Tutorial exercises - 1,300-words30 02, 03
Online quizzes - equivalent 1,000-words20 01, 02
Essay - 2,000-words50 01, 02, 03

Shepparton, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnne-Maree Sawyer

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Twelve 2.0 days lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
Twelve 1.0 days tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Tutorial exercises - 1,300-words30 02, 03
Online quizzes - equivalent 1,000-words20 01, 02
Essay - 2,000-words50 01, 02, 03