Ethics and Accountability in FMH - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Foundations of Ethical Reason (30%) , Assignment 2 - Scenario Analysis (50%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 2,625.00
International 2,875.00

This unit examines relevant professional codes of ethics and considers the implications of these specifically for the delivery of forensic mental health services. Formal and informal systems of accountability operating within Queensland's forensic mental health services, including reporting requirements, documentation and professional and administrative supervision, are considered. Case examples are used to highlight problems with professional misconduct in correctional and mental health settings.

Assessment details will be advised at the beginning of the unit offering.

At the completion of this unit students will have developed:

  1. an understanding of the ethical basis of professional practice in forensic mental health
  2. an awareness of the ethical issues and debates within forensic mental health
  3. knowledge of major theories and approaches to ethical dilemmas
  4. improved ability in applying theoretical concepts to professional practice in forensic mental health
  5. improved skills in decision making and ethical judgment
  6. improved skills in research, written communication and critical analysis.
  • Assignment 1 — Foundations of Ethical Reason (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Scenario Analysis (50%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MCCJ7102 — Ethics and Accountability in Forensic Mental Health

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Aristotle and virtue ethics
3Kantian ethics
4Utilitarian ethics
5Capacity and consent
7Boundary violations
8Roles and Ethics
9Personal reactions to forensic mental health clients
10Ethical decision making
11Ethics of mental health care systems and recovery

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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