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

SOC2MIN

2021

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.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnne-Maree Sawyer

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 60 credit points of first year subjects in any discipline

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply sociological concepts to understanding mental health and illness.
02. Explain key concepts and theories in the sociology of mental health and illness.
03. Summarise research and arguments on a specific topic in the sociology of mental health and illness.
04. Develop awareness of lived experience of mental ill-health and family care-giving.

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Albury-Wodonga, 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnne-Maree Sawyer

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.50 h tutorial other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"9 tutorials across semester"

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Research assignment - 1,200-words 1,200-word research assignment (e.g. summary of a journal article related to end of semester essay)

N/AN/AIndividualNo30 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Online quizzes - equivalent 800-words Multiple-choice questions on weekly required readings

N/AN/AIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4

Essay - 2,000-words Essay topics related to key social "problems" (e.g. depression epidemic, family care-giving).

N/AN/AIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnne-Maree Sawyer

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.50 h tutorial other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"9 tutorials across semester"

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Research assignment - 1,200-words 1,200-word research assignment (e.g. summary of a journal article related to end of semester essay)

N/AN/AIndividualNo30 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Online quizzes - equivalent 800-words Multiple-choice questions on weekly required readings

N/AN/AIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4

Essay - 2,000-words Essay topics related to key social "problems" (e.g. depression epidemic, family care-giving).

N/AN/AIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnne-Maree Sawyer

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.50 h tutorial other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"9 tutorials across semester"

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Research assignment - 1,200-words 1,200-word research assignment (e.g. summary of a journal article related to end of semester essay)

N/AN/AIndividualNo30 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Online quizzes - equivalent 800-words Multiple-choice questions on weekly required readings

N/AN/AIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4

Essay - 2,000-words Essay topics related to key social "problems" (e.g. depression epidemic, family care-giving).

N/AN/AIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Mildura, 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnne-Maree Sawyer

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.50 h tutorial other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"9 tutorials across semester"

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Research assignment - 1,200-words 1,200-word research assignment (e.g. summary of a journal article related to end of semester essay)

N/AN/AIndividualNo30 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Online quizzes - equivalent 800-words Multiple-choice questions on weekly required readings

N/AN/AIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4

Essay - 2,000-words Essay topics related to key social "problems" (e.g. depression epidemic, family care-giving).

N/AN/AIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Shepparton, 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnne-Maree Sawyer

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.50 h tutorial other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"9 tutorials across semester"

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Research assignment - 1,200-words 1,200-word research assignment (e.g. summary of a journal article related to end of semester essay)

N/AN/AIndividualNo30 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Online quizzes - equivalent 800-words Multiple-choice questions on weekly required readings

N/AN/AIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4

Essay - 2,000-words Essay topics related to key social "problems" (e.g. depression epidemic, family care-giving).

N/AN/AIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4