A study of laws governing compulsory psychiatric treatment, particularly committal under the Mental Health Act and relations between the mental health and criminal justice systems.
Areas covered include: legal definitions of 'mental disorder'; standards governing compulsory psychiatric assessment, detention and treatment; mental disorder and violence; review procedures; the disposition of mentally disordered offenders; confidentiality and access to psychiatric records.
|Paper title||Law and Psychiatry|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2023 (Distance learning)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,037.38|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- LAWS 448
- Limited to
- MBHL, PGDipBHL
- Teaching staff
- Professor John Dawson
- Course materials provided by the Faculty.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication,
Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information
literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students will understand:
- Legal definitions of 'mental disorder'
- Standards governing compulsory psychiatric assessment, detention and treatment
- Mental disorder and violence
- Review procedures
- The disposition of mentally disordered offenders
- Confidentiality and access to psychiatric records