units

FBS5001

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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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 Psychological Sciences
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Teresa Flower

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 successful completion of this unit, students should 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)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Two day on-campus workshop.