Module details for Diverse Perspectives in Mental Health


The focus of this module is the critical analysis of diverse mental health perspectives. Students will engage with theories from a variety of cultures, models, and philosophies to complement, expand and challenge therapeutic concepts. Material will be explored critically in weekly workshops which will include various mixes of lectures, readings, discussions, class participation and practice of skills


The aim of this module is to encourage students to engage with, and debate, an increased breadth of theory from across the mental health spectrum, facilitating deeper understanding of the processes and approaches relevant to therapeutic care.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Critically analyse and evaluate diverse theoretical perspectives on mental health

2.  Demonstrate in depth understanding of the influence of culture and philosophy in the development of therapeutic care

3.  Critically discuss the implications of non-mainstream theory and research for practice.

4.   Recognise and promote diversity and creativity in mental health care

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

3 Critical Analysis of Diverse Perspectives

Exploration and consideration of non-traditional therapies, covering topics such as spirituality, body movement therapies, creative therapies, and Eastern tradition therapies.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 26
Practical Activity 4
Assessment 40
Independent 130
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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.


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