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.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

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

Grading System



One session


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Science- (Mental Health)

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 explain 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 and holistic health and wellbeing; and
  • be able to demonstrate the social and emotional wellbeing issues which have arisen in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander society since colonisation utilising digital medium.


This 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; and
  • Module 6: Positive Responses to the Impacts of Colonisation.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MHP112 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Compulsory residential school attendance
Short report

Residential School

This subject contains a 2.8 day Compulsory Residential School.

The residential school is compulsory as it forms a significant component of the teaching strategy in this subject. Further details about the residential school will be provided by your Subject Coordinator. Students will attend a total of 20 days at residential schools throughout the year for this subject and other subjects in the course.

Students undertaking subjects within the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)  Djirruwang Program may be eligible for federal government funding to attend the compulsory residential schools. This funding is set at 20 days across two academic sessions which meets the requirements for support from Indigenous Student Services.

Special Resources

Students will be required to attend compulsory residential schools throughout the year for this subject and other subjects throughout the course.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.