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LAWS448 Law and Psychiatry

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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
Paper code LAWS448
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1
Points 15 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2022 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $691.30
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96 LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
LAWS 548
Limited to
Not all optional papers will be available in any given year.
The paper is usually also taken by some bioethics and health science students.
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

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Not offered in 2022

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system