MHP112 History, Social and Emotional Wellbeing (8)


This subject provides an overview of history, social and emotional wellbeing issues, and mental health problems in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This theory is underpinned by an understanding and acknowledgment of the history of colonisation and the effects on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia. These include psychological and spiritual effects on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the value of traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander belief systems, the community, societies, healing and lore/law. This subject will explore the importance of being connected to the land and dreaming (spirituality). Importantly this subject will investigate appropriate ways of healing within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in a contemporary context.  Holistic health encompasses spirituality as well as the physical, social, and emotional wellbeing of the individual and community.  This subject has a compulsory Residential School.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
Distance*Wagga Wagga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MHP112
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment restrictions

Restricted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss historical and cultural backgrounds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities;
  • be able to research and examine legislation, policies and practices that have impacted on the identity, culture and health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • be able to describe relationships between historical, cultural, legislative, policy and practice factors that affect the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and implications for nursing and health care provision;
  • be able to define social and emotional wellbeing;
  • be able to describe holistic health and wellbeing;
  • be able to reflect upon and discuss the social and emotional wellbeing issues which have arisen in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander society since colonisation utilising digital medium.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: History, Culture and Colonisation
  • Module 2: Social and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Module 3: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Societies Prior to Colonisation
  • Module 4: The Impacts of Colonisation
  • Module 5: Concepts of Healing in a Contemporary Society
  • Module 6: Positive Responses to the Impacts of Colonisation

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 2.66 day residential school. The students undertaking subjects within the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) – Djirruwang Program are supported in their study endeavours through DEEWR funding under Away from Base to attend the compulsory residential schools. This funding is set at 20 days across two academic sessions (30 and 60). The following breakdown covers the number of days per subject per session/year to ensure that students are able to continue to be supported in their academic pursuits under the current funding agreement with the Indigenous Student Services (Ngungilanna). First Year
Session One                 Session Two
MHP111 – 2 days         MHP111 – 2 days
MHP112 – 2.66 days    MHP115 – 2.66 days
MHP105 - 2.66 days     MHP113 – 2.66 days
MHP109 – 2.66 days    MHP114 – 2.66 days
Total 10 days                Total 10 days

Across sessions 30 and 60 a total of 20 days, this meets the requirements for student support to attend residential schools from ISS.

Specialised Resources

This subject has a residential school.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.