LAW-40080 - Mental Health: Criminal Law and Justice
Coordinator: Sotirios Santatzoglou Tel: +44 1782 7 34216
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Level: Level 7
Credits: 30
Study Hours: 300
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

Mental health is a significant area of contemporary interest in the context of criminal law and justice. In particular, since the turn of the century, and following robust research evidence, the need to address the offenders' mental health issues has become a recognised theme in both law and policy. This module will deliver a critical in depth appreciation of this significant area for criminal justice professionals and also to those with a wider interest in the mental health provisions and interventions of criminal law and justice.

The module aims to address in depth the policy debates and research findings concerning the topic of mental health as a key issue within the context of criminal and youth justice process including the sentencing stage, primarily; and within the context of criminal law secondarily.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Explain and critique the various debates related to mental health in the context of criminal law and criminal justice: 1
Critically evaluate the effectiveness of the sentencing and mental health interventions in the context of criminal and youth justice: 1
Examine complexities in the boundaries between mental health and mental wellbeing in relation to prisoners' needs: 1
Critically analyse the function of mental health issues as a legal defence and their function as a mitigating factor in sentencing: 1
Demonstrate advanced oral presentation skills in reflecting on a mental health issue in the context of criminal law and criminal justice: 2

Study hours

12 sessions x 1.5 hours + 2 sessions x 1 hour = 20 hours
Preparation and study of the 12 sessions' topics 120 hours.
Essay preparation and writing 160 hours.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 85%
Answering an essay question out of a choice of five essay questions. Word limit, 4,000 words.

2: Oral Presentation weighted 15%
Recorded oral powerpoint presentation
Submitting a 5-minute recorded oral powerpoint supported presentation. The presentation will provide a theoretical and legal reflection upon an issue selected by the student which is relevant to the module.