Psychiatry and Criminal Law - PSCY9902

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine

School: School of Psychiatry

Course Outline:

Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 99

CSS Contribution Charge: 1 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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This course will provide an understanding of mens rea and the defences to a criminal charge; intent; insanity, diminished responsibility and infanticide: legal aspects criminal responsibility; automatism; some medicolegal consequences of hypoglycaemia; and amnesia. Relevant Australian and ‘western’ case law will be covered in this course. There will be an introduction into various relevant aspects of criminal responsibility in U.K., Canada, United States and Europe. Topics include: the psychiatrist, psychologist and mental health practitioner as an expert witness; the written mental health / psychiatric court report; mitigation, sentences and prognosis, and; fitness to stand trial and plead, mutism and deafness.

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