• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr Eryn Newman
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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All activities that form part of this course will be delivered remotely in Sem 2 2020.

This course will survey the major areas of psychology and law, including (but not limited to) psychology of forensic science, lie detection, interrogations and confessions, eyewitness memory, jury decision making, mental health law, and the psychology of specific types of criminal offenders. Information provided via lectures, videos, articles, 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:

  1. Describe key concepts in psychology and the law and the theories and the methods used to address these.
  2. Identify and describe major psychological terms and concepts in forensic science.
  3. Describe the various ways that psychological research can inform the legal system.
  4. Think critically about the interactive relationship between psychology and the law.
  5. Think critically about current research and topics in psychology and the law.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Laboratory quizzes (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Written assignment (30) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  3. Final exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 2 hour lecture per week and 7 x 2 hours of laboratories spread across the semester.
  • Approximately 92 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

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

Costanzo, M. & Krauss, D. (2018). Forensic and legal psychology: Psychological science applied to the law. 3rd edition. New York: Worth Publishers.

Assumed Knowledge

Strong preference for PSYC1003 and PSYC1004.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
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
8917 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person View

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