Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Applied Media and Social Sciences, Gippsland
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Dr Mark Symmons


Previously coded PSS2712


Around 25% of the population will suffer from mental illness at some stage, and many others are likely to know someone who is afflicted. Many shun help because of the attendant stigma and suffering is prolonged. This unit seeks to decrease stigma through education. A wide range of disorders are examined, along with their causes and treatment options according to various paradigms.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a greater understanding of the complexities of mental disorder and better appreciate the experience of those personally or otherwise directly affected;
  2. Better appreciate the nuances to the concept of "normality" and the power of labeling
  3. Analyse and adapt their own attitudes towards those afflicted and thus combat prejudice and stigma;
  4. Describe the categories of disorder and understand the construction of the DSM and how it is used, along with its shortcomings;
  5. Develop a deeper knowledge of individual disorders, what might cause them, and how they can be treated.


Written work (2700 words): 60%
Examination (2 hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture per week
One 1-hour laboratory per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


ATS1840 or ATS1359 or equivalent


BHS2712, PSY3032