• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Law, Psychology, Forensic Anthropology, Clinical Psychology, Criminology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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This course will survey the major areas of forensic and criminal psychology, including (but not limited to) mental health law, forensic assessment, criminal behaviour and theories thereof, and psychology of specific types of offenders. Psychologists who work within the legal system can assume and number of roles that include, but are not limited to, social scientists, consultants, and expert witnesses. Information provided via lecture and the text will provide the student with a broad understanding of the impact that psychology can have on any one individual within the criminal justice system, as well as the impact that psychology can have on the legal system itself.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

(1) Describe and apply major theories of criminal behavior.
(2) Identify and describe major terms and concepts in forensic psychology.
(3) Describe the various roles that psychologists can play in the legal system.
(4) Think critically about the interactive and sometimes counteractive relationship between psychology and the law.
(5) Think critically about current research and topics in forensic psychology.

Indicative Assessment

Laboratory quizzes (15%) - LO 1, 2, 3, 4
Written assignment (30%) - LO 2, 4, 5
Forensic opinion assignment (10%) - LO 4, 5
Final exam (45%) - LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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Two hours of lectures per week and 18 hours of laboratories spread across the semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 12 units of Psychology (PSYC), Sociology (SOCY), Law (LAWS) or Criminology (CRIM).”

Prescribed Texts

Huss, M. (2013). Forensic Psychology (2nd ed.). New York: John Wiley.
ISBN: 9781118554135

Assumed Knowledge

Strong preference for PSYC1003 and PSYC1004.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3420
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9875 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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