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Mental Disorder and Crime

Postgraduate | GRF-CCJ713 | 2024

Investigate the legal constructs of insanity and the psychiatric constructs of intellectual disability and mental disorders. Evaluate the relationship between crime, dangerousness and mental disorders in the context of forensic mental health.

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Entry requirements
Part of a degree
13 weeks
Start dates
4 Mar 2024

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Mental Disorder and Crime

About this subject

  • After successfully completing this subject you should be able to:

    1. Delineate the key issues surrounding definitions of mental disorder and criminal behaviour;
    2. Describe the major models of mental disorder and models of criminal behaviour, and the relationship between the two;
    3. Summarise the fundamental debates surrounding views of criminal behaviour and mental disorder, including free will versus determinism, nature versus nurture, and person versus situation;
    4. Describe the main classification systems of mental disorder and identify the strengths and weaknesses of these systems;
    5. Describe the relationship between mental disorder and concepts of dangerousness and the legal responses to dangerousness;
    6. List the main categories of mental disorder and explain how these disorders may lead to criminal behaviour; and
    7. Critically evaluate the relationship between various criminal behaviours and types of mental disorder, and in particular, the extent to which there is a special relationship between mental disorder and crime and its implications for practice.

Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • GRF-FMH-GCE-2024 - Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health


  • OUA-PSU-GCE-2024 - Postgraduate Single Subjects
  • UNE-PRO-GCE-2024 - Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice
  • GRF-FMH-MAS-2024 - Master of Forensic Mental Health
  • GRF-MCJ-GCE-2024 - Graduate Certificate in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • GRF-MCJ-MAS-2024 - Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Equivalent subjects

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

  • GRF-MCCJ7103 (Not currently available)

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

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Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Postgraduate Single Subjects

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Master of Forensic Mental Health

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