LAW-20045 - Mental Health Law - FHEQ Level 5
Coordinator: Laura Pritchard-Jones Tel: +44 1782 7 33861
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2024/25

Mental Health Law is a rapidly developing area of English law and has emerged as a subject in its own right. This module aims to provide an appreciation of the general legal and ethical principles underlying mental health law. It covers various topics including: What is mental disorder?; the historical development of mental health law and sources of law; mental capacity; admission to hospital; treatment in hospital; discharge; the criminal justice system and mental health; antisocial personality disorder and psychopathy; and infanticide.
The module is taught over nine 2-hour lectures and five 2-hour seminars. The assessment is a 3000-word research essay.

This module will provide students with an understanding of mental health law, introducing theoretical arguments concerning diagnosis and identification of mental illnesses, social policy dimensions, and legal doctrine. Key themes will include autonomy, capacity, control, coercion and empowerment.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Analyse and evaluate core principles of mental health law and how these principles are influenced by policy, social norms and theoretical perspectives: 1
Identify relevant primary and secondary, legal and non-legal materials, relating to mental health law through library and online database such as WestLaw and LexisNexis and critically evaluate these materials: 1
Organise and conduct effective research on mental health law: 1
Develop coherence and clarity in written argument that allows them to articulate to others a critical evaluation of the knowledge they have acquired: 1
Development of key transferable skills relevant to employment: 1

Study hours

8 x 2 hr lectures = 16
6 x 1 hr seminars = 6
Seminar preparation = 40
Independent study = 82
Total: 150

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 100%
Essay with a word limit of 2,500 words (excluding footnotes)
A 2,500 word essay from a set of approved questions. The essay topics will require students to critically analyse issues covered in the module.