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Ethics of Psychiatry (PSYT90023)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 6.25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePSYT90023
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This Unit will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of ethical decision-making in clinical psychiatry. Themes will extend over a wide terrain but cover ethical aspects of the psychiatrist – patient relationship, diagnosis, suicide, confidentiality, treatment in psychiatry, resource allocation and justice, child and adolescent psychiatry, psychogeriatrics and code of ethics.

Intended learning outcomes

  • To recognise the various salient concepts in moral philosophy which constitute a basis for ethical reasoning and their relationship to clinical practice
  • To identify the many ethical problems in clinical psychiatry and analyse them in a systematic way
  • To demonstrate the ability to reach balanced ethical judgments through critical appraisal of competing theories
  • To differentiate between clinical and ethical issues in the context of complex professional situations
  • To identify coping strategies in the face of anxiety regarding difficult-to-resolve ethical dilemmas in clinical psychiatry
  • To assess the value (and limitations) of codes of ethics and clinical guidelines

Last updated: 24 August 2019