- Code PSYC2011
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
- Dr Eryn Newman
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2019
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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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Describe key concepts in psychology and the law and the theories and the methods used to address these.
- Identify and describe major psychological terms and concepts in forensic science.
- Describe the various ways that psychological research can inform the legal system.
- Think critically about the interactive relationship between psychology and the law.
- Think critically about current research and topics in psychology and the law.
Assessment will be based on:
- Laboratory quizzes (15%) (LO 1-4)
- Written assignment (30%) (LO 2, 4, 5)
- Forensic opinion assignment (10%) (LO 4, 5)
- Final exam (45%) (LO 1-5)
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Two hours of lectures per week and 18 hours of laboratories spread across the semester.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Costanzo, M. & Krauss, D. (2018). Forensic and legal psychology: Psychological science applied to the law. 3rd edition. New York: Worth Publishers.
Assumed KnowledgeStrong preference for PSYC1003 and PSYC1004.
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