• 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 Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Eryn Newman
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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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 of this course, 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

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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Workload

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

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.

Majors

Minors

Fees

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:
Band 1
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
10095 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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