Course Title: Mental Health and Wellbeing

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Mental Health and Wellbeing

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


330H Social Science & Planning


Sem 1 2006


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Caroline Lambert

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 8022

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will focus on the lived experience of people with mental illness and explore issues of stigma and social inclusion as they affect social work practice. You will develop knowledge of mental health issues and skills for social work practice within a multidisciplinary context. In the course we will explore mental health and frameworks for practice, from a social work perspective. Mental health diagnoses and dominant practices in mental health settings will be explored from both practical and theoretical perspectives. You will have the opportunity to develop assessment skills, and intervention strategies for working with people who have been, or are at risk of being, marginalised due to mental illness. 

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes 

On successful completion of this course you will be able to: 

  1. Apply a body of interdisciplinary knowledge, values and skills in working with and for society’s most vulnerable and marginalised individuals, families, groups and communities
  2. Communicate using diverse formats and strategies to stakeholders within and external to your discipline
  3. Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness while promoting respectful, ethical and reflective practice
  4. Apply initiative and ethical judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in your current and continuing professional practice 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities including discussions in class and online, role-plays, experiential exercises and independent personal reading/research. In workshops you will be able to debate issues, and develop interpersonal skills which will assist you in preparing for assessment tasks. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Copies of power point presentations, and recordings of the lectures will normally be made available online, and a list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer. These learning resources may include books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment tasks may include an essay abstract, quiz and online group discussion.  

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Quiz, 20% CLO1, CLO2, CLO3 and CLO4 

Assessment Task 2: Short Answer Questions, 30%, CLO1 and CLO4, 1000 words

Assessment Task 3 Essay, 50% CLO1, CLO2, CLO3 AND CLO4, 2000 words   

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instruction