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LAWS548 Law and Psychiatry

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
Paper code LAWS548
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $962.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,712.75

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LAWS 448
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Teaching staff
Professor John Dawson
Course materials provided by the Faculty.
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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

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Not offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system