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SP20258: Mental Health policy, practice, research & law (part 1)

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (100%) (CW 100% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: This unit is only available to students on the BSc Social Work and Applied Social Studies.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:

* To begin to prepare students for mental health social work practice;
* To critically examine mental health and disorder from psychological, social and theoretical perspectives.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit students will be able to:
* Identify the main dimensions of the medical and social model of mental disorder;
* Critically examine the main forms of mental health and mental disorder and show an understanding of their impact on the individual, the family/group and on society;
* Begin to place mental health within an organisational context in both statutory and non statutory contexts;
* Begin to develop an understanding of the ethics involved in mental health social work;
* Incorporate a service user & carer perspective in mental health issues and in the development of practice.

* To think creatively and analytically (f/t/a);
* To communicate an argument (f/a);
* To critically evaluate and assess research and evidence (f/t/a);
* To gather information from a variety of sources (f/a);
* To synthesize information from a number of sources.
* To develop sensitivity to the values and interests of others (f/t/a);
* To apply principles of sociological and social policy analysis (t/a).
Transferable key skills:
* Essay research, preparation and writing skills (f/t/a);
* To reflect upon own academic and professional performance (t/a).
Knowledge outcomes:
* Knowledge of social processes impinging on service users (t/a);
* Knowledge of the nature of social work processes (t/a);
* Knowledge of services (t/a);
* Knowledge of organisational processes (t/a).


* the history of mental health and mental disorder
* pathologisation of everyday behaviour
* mental health and the human life-cycle
* service user & carer perspectives
* 'race', culture, gender and ethnicity in relation to mental health
* the social work role in relation to specific mental health conditions, including:
* adult mental health disorders
* childhood disorders
* common mood disorders
* bipolar disorder
* schizophrenia
* Personality disorders
* suicide and acts of self harm
* eating disorders
* post traumatic stress disorder
* alcohol & drug problems.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP20258 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences

SP20258 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • UHSP-AFB15 : BSc(Hons) Social Work and Applied Social Studies (Year 2)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.