Postgraduate | GRF-CCJ707 | 2024
Law and Behaviour
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Scrutinise the areas in which the criminal justice system and psychological theories of behaviour intersect. Study the roles of various actors in courts, such as judges, juries, expert witnesses, eyewitnesses, victims and defendants.
Law and Behaviour
About this subject
After successfully completing this subject you should be able to:
- have an understanding of the issues surrounding courts, its legal players and the criminal justice system
- engage in interdisciplinary approaches and increased familiarity with literatures including criminology, socio-legal studies and psychology
- be able to research and write an independent piece of work
- reflect and evaluate your position on the court system and the different actors involved.
- 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
- Alternative Courts I: Indigenous Justice
- Alternative Courts II: Mental Health Cts
- Miscarriages of Justice & Wrongful Convict
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.
- Topic summary (30%)
- Major essay (50%)
- Weekly Reflections (20%)
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Part of a degree
To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
- GRF-MCJ-GCE-2024 - Graduate Certificate in Criminology and Criminal Justice
- GRF-MCJ-MAS-2024 - Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice
- GRF-FMH-MAS-2024 - Master of Forensic Mental Health
- GRF-FMH-GCE-2024 - Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health
No additional requirements
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.
Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.
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Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses