Mental Health Law - LW636

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) MS L Taylor







The module will cover the historical development of mental health law (in brief), the Mental Health Act 1983, civil and criminal admissions to hospital, consent to treatment, capacity, sections of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 relating to deprivation of liberty, discharge (including the role of the Mental Health Review Tribunal) and care in the community; proposals for reform; interaction with the criminal justice system.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

10 hours of lectures and seminars.

Method of assessment

20% coursework in the form of an oral presentation and 80% written examination.

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme students should be able to:

1.Recognise the legal issues arising in factual situations relating to the mentally ill, personality disordered and learning disabled ("mentally disordered".)
2.Identify and apply relevant case and statute law.
3.Provide an informed and reasoned opinion on the possible legal actions arising from factual situations and their likelihood of success.
4.Demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of mental health law, including its historical development and the Mental Health Act 1983.
5.Demonstrate an ability to evaluate critically aspects of the operation of mental health law in its historical,socio-economic and political contexts, including contrasting the legal (rights based) and medical(therapeutic) approaches and reform of the law.
6.Identify and research particular issues in mental health law using legal research skills (library and electronic.)
7.Develop a detailed understanding of the relationship between mental health law and other areas of the law, e.g. judicial review, human rights and the criminal justice system.

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