12 x 2-hour workshops per semester
1 SOAD1010 - Mental Health and Public Participation
2 SOAD2002 - Human Social Development
3 SOAD3016 - Understanding Addictions
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2 and 3)
Enrolment not permitted
1 of SOAD3015, SOAD4005, SOAD4011 has been successfully completed
Topic description
This topic brings a lifecourse perspective to the nexus between studies in human social development, social policy and social work practice in mental health and illness. Students will explore a conceptual and analytical approach to the evidence regarding the patterning of individual lives over time and the processes by which lives are changed by diverse environments. Students will link this understanding to social work practice in mental health.
Educational aims
  • To build links across the lifecourse of human social development and social work practice in the mental health field

  • To explore both global and local understandings of the lifecourse approach to analysing disadvantage, injustice and individual vulnerability in mental illness

  • To help students to develop and apply a conceptual and analytical framework upon which to develop a more advanced and specific explorations into social work in mental health

  • To develop perspectives and skills that will advance students' social work practice in mental health.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Evaluate and apply in a knowledge review a wide range of resources related to social work and the lifecourse approach in mental health

  2. Employ concept mapping as a reflective and analytical tool and to guide planning for practice; apply a conceptual and analytical framework that will assist social policy analysis and future social work practice in arrange of settings as well as in mental health

  3. Demonstrate a capacity to apply the knowledge and conceptual base of social work theory to social work practice in mental health

  4. Reflect on the learning to develop professional competencies in social work practice, especially inclusive team work and creative problem solving.