NRS117 Contexts in Nursing Care (8)

This subject provides the student with an introductory knowledge of psychological and sociological principles as they apply to the practice of nursing. It introduces students to a selection of topics from the behavioural sciences and is specifically designed for students of nursing and people who contemplate careers in the health professions.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Available only to students with Enrolled Nurse - Certificate IV equivalent

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • comprehend written articles, both introductory material and literature written for and by people in the discipline of social science
  • critically evaluate their readings
  • conduct a library search, collect, organise and evaluate information
  • apply knowledge to nursing practice
  • further develop essay writing skills
  • develop social science research skills


This subject will cover the following topics:

Module 1: Psychology for nurses Topic 1: Understanding psychology Topic 2: Lifespan development Topic 3: Self concept and body image Topic 4: Theories of learning Topic 5: Perception, memory and patient information giving Topic 6: Development and loss in social relationship Topic 7: Social processes in health case delivery Module 2: An introduction to sociology for nurses Topic 1: The sociological perspective: What is it and how can it be of use to nurses Topic 2: Professional socialisation and the nurse Topic 3: Social inequality, class culture and health Topic 4: Culture health status and health inequalities: Aboriginal health Topic 5: Social inequality and health status: Immigrant health Topic 6: Sociological aspects of the experiences of illness


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.