Subject details

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 three aims of the subject 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.
    • Introduction to Forensic Psychology; Crime in Context
    • Theories of Crime
    • Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice
    • Sexual Offenders
    • Violent Offenders
    • Eyewitness Testimony
    • Profiling
    • False Allegations and Confessions
    • Mental Health Law and Offending
    • Juries and Decision Making
    • Assessment of risk, dangerousness and recidivism
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
    • Online materials

      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Quizzes
    • Other materials

      • Audio

Equivalent subjects

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

  • GRF-CCJ14


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.

Special requirements

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 1 (40%)
  • Quizzes (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

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