Crime and Mental Health
Delve into the complex relationship between crime and mental illness. Examine links between offending, violence, mental disorder, and substance abuse. Get critical with an evidence-based approach that separates media representations from actual research.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- articulate the complex relationship between mental health and offending
- critically evaluate the evidence concerning a range of mental health disorders and offending
- discuss the ethical issues inherent to the interface between mental health and criminality
- interpret important features of case examples and provide recommendations for best practice.
- Media representations and realities
- Violence and mental disorder: Problems with measurement
- Substance abuse and aggression
- Substance abuse and crime
- Psychopathy and crime
- Intellectual disability and crime
- Mental health and terrorism
- Personality disorders and crime
- Assessment and treatment I
- Assessment and treatment II
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or enrol in the following subject(s) to study at the same time or prior to this subject:
No special requirements
Although associations between crime and mental illness have a long history, the relationship is complex and contentious. Problem areas include media representations and social constructions of violent offenders, methodological and conceptual inconsistencies, and limited appreciation of the heterogeneity of mental health issues. This subject of study aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate the evidence concerning the crime-mental health relationship. Factors other than mental illness that may be associated with violence and general criminality are explored, as are ethical challenges relating to this area. Particular mental disorders most often linked with criminality are examined and the relevant evidence is evaluated. Based on the content of this subject of study, students will demonstrate knowledge of ethical challenges and provide recommendations for best practice for both empirical research and policy.
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- Written Assignment (50%)
- Examination (50%)