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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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Law and Psychiatry
    Subject Law
    EFTS 0.1
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $730.20
    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.
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    To be confirmed when paper is next offered.

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    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


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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