University of Technology Sydney

78150 Law and Mental Health

Requisite(s): ((22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C07122 Graduate Diploma Legal Studies OR 22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04264 Master of Legal Studies)) OR (70107c Principles of Company Law AND (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 142 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04363 Juris Doctor Master of Intellectual Property OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04364 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Trade Mark Law and Practice) AND 70106c Principles of Public International Law) OR (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04320 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice AND 70106 Principles of Public International Law)
The lower case 'c' after the subject code indicates that the subject is a corequisite. See definitions for details.
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Anti-requisite(s): 76038 Law and Mental Health AND 78149 Law and Mental Health


This subject provides students with an introduction to law and mental health, notably exploring the interface of law with the disciplines of medicine and health and paradigms of disability. Students explore the legal frameworks for coercive disability interventions encountered by people with psychosocial and cognitive disabilities and approach coercive interventions as a social justice (rather than purely medical) issue. The application of current legal principles and practices are examined as well as alternatives offered by international human rights norms and domestic law reform proposals.

The subject takes an interdisciplinary approach drawing on legal doctrine, law reform reports, international human rights commentary, empirical research and critical scholarship. As a result of successfully completing this subject, students can identify systemic legal issues relating to coercive disability interventions and evaluate the efficacy of different analytical perspectives and legal reform options in relation to contemporary debates about law, mental health and disability.

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