Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Examine how psychologists use psychological theory and research within the criminal justice setting. Focus on psychological assessments in court, criminal behaviour and responsibility, predicting dangerousness, juries and eyewitness testimony.
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- 30 Nov 2020
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The subject 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 aims of the subject are:
- To examine the various ways that psychologists interact with the legal system and apply research and theory to legal problems;
- 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.
- To critically review the research in forensic psychology and to enable students to become intelligent consumers of this research.
After successfully completing this subject you should be able to:
- Describe the various ways that psychologists interact with the legal system
- Understand the importance and limitations of psychological research to the application of legal processes
- Understand the importance of developing testable theories and how these theories help to explain and predict human behaviour within the legal system
- Articulate the tensions that exist between psychology and law
- Have acquired and improved core skills and competencies relevant to criminology and in line with the Griffith Graduate, including: (a) Ability to communicate effectively through tutorial or web-based discussions (b) Be information literate, by developing skills in criminological research including finding and using empirical research published in academic journals (c) Ability to work autonomously, including gathering resources and producing written work; ability to work in teams during tutorials (d) Critical evaluation of academic literature and research (e) Ability to manage time and multiple tasks (f) Effective writing skills
- Introduction to Forensic Psychology; Crime in Context
- Theories of Crime
- Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice
- Sexual Offenders
- Violent Offenders
- Eyewitness Testimony
- False Allegations and Confessions
- Assessment of risk, dangerousness and recidivism
- Mental Health Law and Offending
- Juries and Decision Making
Students who have completed more than 2 OUA units (GPA 4.0+) and are planning on completing the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice are strongly encouraged to enrol in the course. Part of this process will involve registering your study plan with Griffith University, which will help to ensure that you are studying the required units.
No special requirements
This subject 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 subject 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 subject offering.
- Essay (40%)
- Quizzes (20%)
- Invigilated Exam (40%)
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