module specification

SH6055 - Mental health & well being (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Mental health & well being
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
14 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
100 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   3000 word critical essay
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Thursday Morning

Module summary

This module provides opportunities for students to develop their understanding of key issues in mental health practice and policy, as well as critically discuss relevant theoretical and conceptual issues relating to mental health.

The module aims to:

- Develop understanding of key concepts in mental health and well-being
- Develop awareness of mental health diagnoses and implications of these to the individual, health services, and wider society
- Develop knowledge of key policy and practice issues in mental health through 
- Provide opportunities to critically evaluate and reflect upon models and theories of mental health and well-being


The module will address the following topics in turn:

- Mental health and mental illness
- Stigma and discrimination in mental health
- Key explanatory models of mental health and well-being
- Mental health policy: opportunities and challenges
- Mental health practice: current challenges
- Values, attitudes and ethical concerns in mental health provision, practice and policy

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

A range of teaching methods will be used throughout this module: lectures, seminars, workshops, activities and discussions on relevant case studies. The module will also apply the flipped-class method, where students will be required to read set texts or other information, and to discuss these in classes and seminars. Additional resources will be available online via WebLearn. Module staff will be available to provide face-to-face, telephone, and email support to students during and outside timetabled sessions.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the module, the student will be able to:

1. Understand and discuss concepts related to mental health and well-being
2. Apply and critically discuss mental health models and theories in relation to relevant case studies
3. Critically analyse and evaluate mental health policy
4. Identify and discuss current challenges in mental health provision and practice
5. Critically reflect upon the role of values, attitudes, and ethics in mental health provision, practice and policy

Assessment strategy

The assessment item is designed to test students’ knowledge of all learning outcomes and provide an opportunity for written analysis and reflection.

The critical essay outline is a formative assessment intended to provide formative feedback to students on their ideas and progress.

In the 3000 word critical essay, students will have a choice from set essay questions which they will answer in light of module teachings and learning outcomes. The choice of assessment focus will allow students to engage with areas of study in which they have the strongest interest.