Law and Ethical Studies in Mental Health
Course code:



11 weeks




CPD/Short courses


Coventry University


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This module aims introduce students to the law and ethics related to mental health. The module will focus on the evolving mental health legislation and the ethical issues associated with mental health practice. It will explore the ethical-legal interface and the rights of clients with mental health problems.

Course detail

This module will cover concepts such as the doctrine of ‘best interest’, paternalism, coercion and free will and provides students with the opportunity to:

  • Acquire knowledge about the law and legal studies related to mental health, which can contribute to the increase of students’ career prospects within the field.
  • Gather evidence towards the achievement of some of the KSF core dimensions.

Benefits include:

  • Academic credit for a named award.
  • Opportunity to network with fellow students from a range of disciplines and specialities.
  • Access to experts.
  • Opportunity to build to a full degree.
  • Individuals will be able to challenge current practice and embed evidence based practice into their delivery of care.
  • Individuals gain greater job satisfaction which leads to a deeper commitment to service delivery and patient care.

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Evaluate current and proposed mental health legislation and its impact on mental health practice.
  • Explore ethical principles and theories, and relate these to mental health practice.
  • Understand concepts of ‘informed consent’ and ‘capacity’.
  • Evaluate the provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998 in relation to the civil rights of clients with mental health problems.

How will this course be taught

This module will be delivered through a number of methods, including lectures, seminars and workshops. It is intended to fully utilise specialists in practice in order to enrich and inform the learning process.

Spring term: Fridays 9am - 12.30pm.

Induction will take place on the first day of each module (excluding Mentoring).

We welcome students with disabilities. We recognise that education is a right for all who can benefit from it and that students with disabilities have an equal right of access to higher education. Our staff also recognise that individuals with disabilities are the best source of expertise about themselves and their needs. All students with disabilities should be able to participate as far as is reasonably practical in the educational and social activities we make available. Such students should be encouraged to expect equal treatment as individuals and that they and their work will be considered solely on the basis of their quality. 

For further information please contact the Disabilities Officer on 024 7688 8029 or email

Guided student activity – 30 hours

Self-guided student activity – 170 hours

Total activity – 200 hours

Entry requirements

  • Registered healthcare professional with the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council)/HPC (Health Professions Council).
  • Ability to study at level 3.


Coursework 1: 3500 word Essay (100% of module mark)

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

  • Completion of degree level modules will enable progression to master’s degree studies in a range of Health Care and Professional Practice studies which are offered at Coventry University.
  • Upon the completion of this module students will possess the necessary qualities and knowledge for their further development as professionals within the field of law and ethical studies in mental health.