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Mental Health and the Law (8055.2)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 3 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Law School



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    The unit will provide students with knowledge of the relationship between mental health and disability and the legal system. Students will develop skills in:- problem identification and resolution, and a range of other important skills;- oral and written communication;- teamwork; and - legal research and applicationTopics to be covered in the unit may include capacity; criminal justice and sentencing of mentally ill offenders; mental illness and property; mental disability in minors; and acquired mental disability issues.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to: Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the legal system and mental health issues; demonstrate how practical skills such as analysis, research and writing are put to use; demonstrate an ability to apply theoretical knowledge to problem solving; reflect on the social and ethical issues of the relationship between the legal system and mental health.

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    Three hours per week (face-to-face full semester) or equivalent (face-to-face intensive).


    Completion of 24 credit points.

    Assumed Knowledge

    Introductory legal subject -although background information about the areas covered will be provided, it is expected that students will be familiar with basic legal principles.

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