12 x 2-hour lectures per semester
1 x 4-hour on-line exercises once-only
12 x 1-hour on-line tutorials per semester
1 Admission into BSW-Bachelor of Social Work
1a Admission into BSWSP-Bachelor of Social Work and Social Planning
1b Admission into BSWBSP-Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Social Planning
1c Admission into BDDE-Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education
1d Admission into BDCI-Bachelor of Disability and Community Inclusion
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d))
Course context
Bachelor of Social Work
Topic description
Social Work takes as its premise the fact that decisions made regarding policy and programs should always be informed by the voices of consumers. This is what we would refer to as 'active citizenship', and perhaps nowhere is this more applicable than in terms of mental health. If our aim in wanting to work with people to overcome mental health challenges is for them to be able to participate in public life and take up the opportunities available to them as citizens, we need to ensure that our work creates, rather than closes down, such opportunities. This topic will cover theories and models of citizenship and public participation in regards to mental health, including practical examples of how professionals can best facilitate engagement, and what mental health factors lead certain groups of people to make demands on the state.
Educational aims
  • The topic will give an understanding of citizenship and public participation in terms of mental health and the implications this has for human service delivery.
  • The topic will introduce students to difference theories of citizenship and society and theories and methods of public participation in mental health contexts.
  • The topic will assist students to identify how to facilitate public participation in ways that give voice to individuals and groups often excluded from being heard in the mental health sector.
  • The topic will provide a basic overview of community mental health concepts as they pertain to citizenship and public participation.
Expected learning outcomes
  • Demonstrate understanding of theories of citizenship and society and relate these to mental health outcomes.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different models of public participation in local-level decision making.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to link theoretical concepts to practical examples of community engagement.
  • Understand the fit between mental health and social work through the lens of social inclusion.
  • Work independently and as part of a team, manage time, plan work to a schedule, and communicate confidently and in an informed and respectful manner with peers.