PY7010 - Law, Policy and Ethics (2021/22)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2021/22|
|Module title||Law, Policy and Ethics|
|Module level||Masters (07)|
|Credit rating for module||20|
|School||School of Social Sciences|
|Total study hours||200|
|Running in 2021/22||
This module allows students to explore the relationship between key aspects of the law, rights and code of professionals’ ethics within mental health. This module will look at the science base behind legal and policy developments across a range of mental health problems.
The legislation and documentation of ethics, policy issues and practice. A wide range of social policy topics and themes including evidence-based policy and practise; legal, ethical and forced treatment; child protection matters, racism and discrimination in the NHS, judicial system and the social services; Law and the brain.
Key Words: The Mental Health Act (2007); the Sexual Offences Act (2003); Misuse of Drugs Act (1971); the Children’s Act (1989/2004); the Social Care Act (2014); the Equality Act (2010)
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
Delivery and discussion of the module syllabi will be via interactive lectures and tutorials. In addition to the weekly seminar workshops which will provide a forum for the application of theory to practical problems, students are expected to work in groups to learn from each other and learn how to independently use other resources available, e.g. library, the internet, WebLearn and own organisation. Interactive sessions including seminar activities are designed to discuss various topics in the lectures and the pre-circulated seminar workshop activities. The module will also have its own dedicated Web Learn site to enables staff and students to readily contact each other and offers an on-line support/learning.
Workshops and seminars:
Information and materials relating to the workshop will be circulated once the course has commenced. The seminars and workshops will familiarize students with various aspect of the course. All workshops will relate to lecture topics and may be tested in the examination. Hence, each student is expected to do the prior reading and consult few recommended texts and be actively involved in the seminar activities and group discussion.
The usual programme each week will comprise of a lecture followed by seminar workshop activities and group discussion. The workshops will use the content of the lecture and pre-circulated material for class discussion and group work.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Have a critical awareness of the child protection procedures and the legislative framework relating to society.
2. Critically review and evaluate the current mental health policy, practice and legislation in the context of service provision.
3. Become familiar with major legislation and documentation regarding mental health, the social services, the NHS and the Judicial system
4. Review and evaluate the current mental health policy, practice and legislation in the context of care-coordination, evidence-based practise and user-involvement.
5. Be able to respect differences in plural society and cultural values of minority groups and those from varying socioeconomic backgrounds
The module is as assessed as follows:-
• 2 hours unseen examination to test students' basic comprehension covering the core topics of the module. Students will be required to attempt questions in essay format (100%).