- Introduction: Courts, Law and Society
- Law in Everyday Life
- Language and Law
- Legal Players, the 'Haves' and 'Have Nots'
- Decision Makers I: Judges
- Decision Makers II: Juries
- Expert Witnesses
- Other Witnesses: Eyewitnesses
- Alternative Courts I: Indigenous Justice
- Alternative Courts II: Mental Health Cts
- Miscarriages of Justice & Wrongful Convict
- Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Leacture capture
- Welcome letter
- Online Assessment
- Resources and Links
No eligibility requirements
No special requirements
This subject examines the areas in which the criminal justice system and psychological theories of behaviour interact. Topics include the reliability of eyewitness testimony, truthfulness and credibility of witnesses, questioning child victims of sexual assault, the social dynamics of juries and the role of expert testimony.
In this subject, we study the roles of various actors that interact in the courtroom, such as judges, juries, expert witnesses, eyewitnesses, victims and defendants.null; The subject introduces interdisciplinary literatures: criminology, law and society/socio-legal studies, and psychology.null; Topics include the social dynamics of juries, judicial discretion, the validity of forensic science and the role of expert testimony, the reliability of eyewitness testimony, an examination of mental health courts and indigenous justice, and the prevalence of wrongful convictions.
- Assignment 1 - Topic summary (30%)
- Assignment 2 - Major essay (50%)
- Assignment 3 - Discussion leader (20%)