Addresses fundamental issues where the practice of the mental health profession intersects with the criminal, civil and coronial law of Australia. Students explore the mental health-law interface within the context of the adversary system as it functions currently within Australian courts. The role of experts in the contemporary legal system and how the courts have grappled with the evolving contribution made by forensic psychiatrists and psychologists is evaluated as well as major controversies surrounding criteria for the detention of the mentally ill, particularly examining the jurisprudence of civil commitment as it has evolved.
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Analyse the accountability of psychiatrists and psychologists in their forensic role;||Intellectual rigour|
|2||Demonstrate an understanding of the role able to be played by psychiatry and psychology in the investigative phases of the criminal justice system;||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||Describe and assess the relevant rules of expert evidence and apply them to evidence given by psychiatrists and psychologists;||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||Critically analyse the extent, consistency and adequacy of the legal system's appreciation of psychiatric and psychological knowledge in the contexts of the criminal and civil law;||Creativity|
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3
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