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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LLLC2283 Young People, Families and Mental Health

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Nathan Loynes

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Mental health is a challenging topic. Historically, societies have struggled and continues to struggle to integrate those with varying degrees of mental health problems. In extreme cases, those considered to be ‘mad' and ‘bad' were incarcerated for long periods in institutions, or even put to death. In modern times, stigma and fear still serves to affect the lives of those living with and encountering mental health issues in others. This module intends to dispel some of the myths that surround mental illness; including the merits and limitations of various ‘labels'. It compares different perspectives on mental health, ultimately taking a strengths-based approach which might be applied to foster resilience in those experiencing mental health issues, and also with practitioners working with families where mental wellbeing is a problem. Students should note class attendance times of this module. Students will be allocated to either an early afternoon class of an early evening class. Students should check that they can attend in the event they are allocated into the evening class.This module takes a flipped/blended approach to student learning. Guided tasks are provided on a weekly basis online. Students must engage with these weekly tasks prior to attending class. It is expected that students are motivated to participate fully in class discussions and group work when applicable.


This module introduces students to some of the more prevalent mental health issues that child and family services encounter. The module is taught from a systemic perspective which considers not only how mental health issues impact upon the suffering individuals psychology and behaviour, but also how families and particularly children respond to family members experiencing mental health issues. The module will compare medical and social explanations of mental health. The module will critically compare how different cultures define and provide services for people with mental health issues. The module will also critically analyse contemporary and historical service provision for families in the UK. The module will ask students to consider mental health and wellbeing as a continuum affect all individuals, encouraging students to reflect upon strengths-based models of understanding mental health and fostering resilience in different populations.

Learning outcomes
1. Compare social and medical models of mental health.
2. Analyse parental mental health from a systemic perspective, considering its impact on other family members, specifically children.
3. Evaluate contemporary treatment methods
5. Evaluate perspectives and strategies and for building resilience with those experiencing mental health issues.

Skills outcomes
Non-judgemental strategies to support families and young people with Mental Health problems.
Solution focused approach to children and young people who are affected by mental health issues.


The content will cover such areas as:

The syllabus will introduce Mental Health issues and the impact on children and families including
- Basic understanding of definitions of mental health
- Explore acute and chronic mental health issues and their impact on children and families
- Inequalities, social status and mental health
- Cultural/sociological perspective of mental health
- Mental health services for children/young people
- The affects of parental mental illness on children's learning and development
- Contemporary policies
- Strategies for working with young people & families experiencing mental health issues

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours83.00
Private study hours100.00
Total Contact hours17.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

The student will be encouraged to use the online materials and read appropriate texts, academic books and peer review articles to expand their learning. They will also be encouraged to develop learning sets to enhance the learning experience.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Most of the weekly class based activities have a component focused on the assignments which allow students to apply their subject specific learning to formative tasks.
There is opportunity in class for formative peer feedback; as students are expected to collaborate in groups.
There is opportunity in class for students to ask specific questions of the tutor.
Students are able to book one-to-one and small group tutorials with the tutor.

The five hour -seminar session allows students to explore the application of theory to the assignments in a single, sustained session.
Tutors are available to provide tutorials via telephone and Skype.
Online interactive activities such as quizzes are able to provide students with instantaneous feedback on their attainment.
Tutors are able to provide asynchronous feedback on students‘ comprehension using online discussion forums.
Tutors are able to provide feedback on draft work as appropriate.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written Work4000 word portfolio that critically analyses representations of mental health and treatment/support services100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:16:10


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