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FBS5001

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Psychology and Psychiatry
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Professor Mairead Dolan

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'.

Outcomes

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. Summarize 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/Alternative Assessment - 10%
Applied Learning Exercise - 30%
Essay - 60%
All assessments must be passed to pass the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

TBA

Off-campus attendance requirements

Two day on-campus workshop