MENTAL DISORDER AND CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY

LAW3MDC

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Mental disorder is disproportionately high in offenders and this presents special issues in relation to criminal defences and sentencing. This subject builds upon Criminal Law and explores selected mental state defences (insanity/mental impairment; diminished responsibility; infanticide) and the defences of marital coercion and automatism. Principles of sentencing relevant to assessing the criminal culpability of mentally disordered offenders will also be considered. Attention is focussed on the intersection of the criminal law and psychiatry/psychology and relevant issues are explored through discussion of leading cases. Students who undertake the subject will be encouraged to become familiar with contemporary approaches to mental disorder and to develop an understanding of current law and proposals for reform.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMagda Karagiannakis

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW1LIM and LAW1CRL

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Available to currently enrolled students in Bachelor of Laws.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. To be able to explain the principles governing mental disorder and criminal responsibility in Victoria and other jurisdictions in Australia;

Activities:
Examination and Class participation activities - role plays, group discussions, active fact based problem solving, discussion of press reports.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. To be able to explain the interaction between psychological and psychiatric research and expert testimony and mental disorder and criminal responsibility

Activities:
Examination and Class participation activities - role plays, group discussions, active fact based problem solving, discussion of press reports.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

03. To be able to apply these legal principles to a range of different fact situations;

Activities:
Examination and Class participation activities - role plays, group discussions, active fact based problem solving, discussion of press reports.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

04. To be able to discuss legal issues, and to approach their resolution in a systematic manner;

Activities:
Examination and Class participation activities - role plays, group discussions, active fact based problem solving, discussion of press reports.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

05. To be able to communicate the analysis and synthesis of legal principles appropriately and effectively;

Activities:
Examination and Class participation activities - role plays, group discussions, active fact based problem solving, discussion of press reports.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

06. To be able to argue on different interpretations of fact and law;

Activities:
Examination and Class participation activities - role plays, group discussions, active fact based problem solving, discussion of press reports.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

07. To be able to research, locate and critically analyse a range of written sources of law, in particular, cases, statutes and government policy documents.

Activities:
Examination and Class participation activities - role plays, group discussions, active fact based problem solving, discussion of press reports.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

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