- 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 2021
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This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Sem 2 2021, however students are encouraged to attend on-campus activities if possible.
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.
Upon successful completion, 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.
- Laboratory quizzes (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Written assignment (30) [LO 1,3,4,5]
- Final exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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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.
To be determined
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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