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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||Semester 2 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$691.30|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- 96 LAWS points
- Pre or Corequisite
- Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
- LAWS 548
- Limited to
- GDipBHL, LLB, LLB(Hons), PGCertPHC, PGDipPHC
- Not all optional papers will be available in any given year.
- The paper is usually also taken by some bioethics and health science students.
- More information link
- View more information on the Faculty of Law's website
- Teaching staff
- Professor John Dawson
- Course materials provided by the Faculty.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship,
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy,
Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper 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