Introduction to Forensic Psychology - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (40%) , Invigilated Exam (40%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,043.00

This unit provides an introduction to the various domains of expertise of forensic psychologists. It examines the way in which psychologists produce and use psychological theory and research within the criminal justice setting. In particular, the unit focuses on the use of psychological assessments in court, issues of criminal responsibility and predicting dangerousness, jury processes and decision-making, eyewitness testimony, the use of psychological knowledge in prisons and the psychology of criminal behaviour.

Assessment details will be advised at the beginning of the unit offering.

The unit allows students to focus on both the academic and vocational aspects of forensic psychology and will assist in developing skills to critically evaluate criminal justice processes. With this in mind, the three aims of the unit are:

  1. To examine the various ways that psychologists interact with the legal system and apply research and theory to legal problems;
  2. To provide a working knowledge of the psychological theories that underpin human behaviour in the criminal justice system, including the behaviour of witnesses, children, jurors, and offenders.
  3. To critically review the research in forensic psychology and to enable students to become intelligent consumers of this research.
  • Essay 1 (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Quizzes (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • CCJ14 — Forensic Psychology

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Forensic Psychology; Crime in Context
2Theories of Crime
3Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice
4Sexual Offenders
5Violent Offenders
6Eyewitness Testimony
8False Allegations and Confessions
9Mental Health Law and Offending
10Juries and Decision Making
11Assessment of risk, dangerousness and recidivism

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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