|Course||LAWS211 Psychology and the Law|
|Course dates||25 June – 6 July 2018|
|Lecturer(s)||Dr Brianna Chesser|
|Form(s) of teaching||Face-to-face teaching, assessments and fieldwork|
|Form(s) of assessment||Written Assignment, in-class presentation and take home exam.|
|ACU credit points||10|
|Contact hours||36 hours|
This unit will be of particular interest to students from law, legal studies or psychology degrees.
In this unit students will be introduced to selected issues relating to mental disorder and criminal responsibility. Students will examine the definition of mental disorder and the implications of this definition for clients. The law relating to mental impairment/insanity, diminished responsibility, infanticide and other specific areas will be examined.
Students will examine the role of expert psychiatric and psychological testimony in relation to these issues, developing an understanding of the nature and ambit of such evidence as well as the manner in which it is constructed and delivered to the criminal courts.
Topics will include:
- Mental Impairment/Insanity
- Diminished Responsibility
- Current Approaches in the criminal justice system
- Martial Coercion
- Biological Syndromes
- Psychological Syndromes
- Mental Disorder Defences
- Expert Psychiatric and Psychological Testimony
This unit will include:
- Visits to the Brisbane Law Court Precinct
On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- Describe and critically evaluate the principles governing mental illness and criminal responsibility;
- Demonstrate an applied understanding of relevant legal principles to a range of different fact situations involving mental illness and criminal liability;
- Identify the current approaches taken Australia regarding the processing of mentally ill offenders through the criminal justice system.
- Brianna Chesser, Criminal Courts and Mental Illness (Thomson Reuters, 2016).
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