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Law and Psychiatry Seminar
Professors G. Miller, Ratner and Wales
J.D. Seminar 278 (cross-listed) | 3 credit hours
This seminar focuses on the civil commitment of the mentally ill as a means of exploring society's extracriminal processes for control of persons who threaten or are a nuisance to the community. An introduction to psychiatric methodology and diagnosis is followed by examination of legal and sociological theories of social control of deviant behavior and consideration of the statutes and case law of civil commitment. Other issues considered include indeterminate sentencing, the limits of compulsory therapeutic treatment, the role of a lawyer in the mental health system, and epistemological conflicts between the medical and legal professions. Field observation of treatment facilities is included.
Recommended: Criminal Law; Constitutional Law II: Individual Rights and Liberties.