Subject: Law
Credit units: 3
Offered: Either Term 1 or Term 2
College: Law
Department: Law (Dean's Office)


Introduction to psychiatric theory; the methodology of psychiatric diagnosis and modern psychiatric treatment; the role of psychiatrists in the legal process. Psychiatry and the criminal process: remand for mental examination, fitness to stand trial, sentencing, automatism, insanity and dangerous offenders. The concept of competency: contractual and testamentary capacity. Civil commitment of the mentally ill: a comparative study. The psychiatrist as expert witness. Selected problems.

Prerequisite(s): LAW 351.
Note: LAW 314 is recommended.

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