Ethics and Mental Health (BETH5205)
UNIT OF STUDY
Mental health and mental illness are unique in the field of health care and bioethics. The very nature of psychiatric disorder and its relationship with prevailing social and cultural factors, in addition to the unique status of the mental health patient, necessitate a specific discourse in biomedical ethics in the area of mental health. This course will provide participants with a broad perspective of issues in bioethics applied to mental health and mental illness. Students will examine the history of the psychiatric profession and consider the adequacy of current safeguards against the abuses of power seen in the history of the profession of psychiatry. Other areas considered in the course include the current ethical dilemmas in mental health care, the implications of technological advances in the neurosciences, the philosophical basis of the concept of mental disorder, the relationship between power and the psychiatric profession and the complex relationship between morality, mental health and the law. The course aspires to inform future decision makers in health, public policy, clinical settings and academia in the unique aspects of biomedical ethics in the field of mental health. All assessments must be completed to pass this Unit.
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3x8hr Intensives or Distance Education (online). Attendance is compulsory if enrolled in face-to-face mode.
1x1500wd essay (30%); 1x2500wd essay (50%); participation in seminars or online (20%)
Students are provided with a book of readings (in digital format). Most supplementary readings can be accessed through the library or online.
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