Critical Thinking in Mental Health | Abertay University

Critical Thinking in Mental Health


The focus of this module is on the critical analysis of key issues in mental health policy and practice. Students will engage critically with these issues through use of discussion and participation in seminars.


The aim of this module is to encourage the student to engage with key issues and debates in mental health to facilitate a deeper understanding of the nature of mental health care.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Analyse and evaluate theoretical perspectives on mental health issues.

2.  Critically evaluate the evidence base on which mental health policy and practice is based.

3.  Examine the implications of theory and research for practice.

Indicative Content

1 Critical issues in mental health policy and practice

The historical and social construction of the idea of mental illness. Theoretical perspectives on mental health and illness: biological-medical, cognitive, psychodynamic, social, humanistic.

2 Contemporary debates

The influence of social constructionist and feminist approaches. The psychiatric survivor movement and antipsychiatry. Current developments in policy and practice including the impact of technology and the growth of social media on practice.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Promoting enquiry based learning using a blended learning approach including tutorials, lectures, wikis and discussion fora in the virtual learning environment

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 6
Assessment 30
Independent 140

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2017/18 , and may be subject to change for future years.