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FBS9001

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Stuart Thomas

Synopsis

This unit aims to equip professionals with a broad-based understanding of basic legal and criminological principles. The unit then builds on this knowledge by examining key areas involving the interaction between mental health and the law, and examining the role of the 'expert witness'.

Objectives

Upon completion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the role of the law and the criminal justice system in society;
  2. Describe in broad terms the assumptions and limitations of major criminological theories (biological, sociological and psychological);
  3. Summarise the basic processes involved in the operation of the criminal justice system;
  4. Describe the legal and ethical constraints in working at the interface between mental health and the law;
  5. Discuss the legal and ethical constraints in working at the interface between mental health and the law;
  6. Describe the roles and functions of an expert witness.

Assessment

Workshop presentation - 10%
Applied Learning Exercise - 30%
Essay - 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Stuart Thomas

Off-campus attendance requirements

One day workshop