JST443 Psychology and The Legal System (8)

This subject focuses on the role of psychologists in relation to the practice of the law; decision making and behaviour of police, courtroom participants, and correctional personnel. Covers police interrogation, police discretion, eye witness testimony, jury decision making, sentencing, and the negative psychological effects of imprisonment.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed 26205 Psychology and Criminal Justice II or PSY313 Psychology and the Legal System

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the decision making processes of police, juries, judges and parole officers from a psychological perspective
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the psychological limitations of eye witness testimony
  • be able to describe the psychological impact of imprisonment upon inamtes
  • be able to apply a psychological understanding of the behaviour of criminal justice personnel to addressing the problems of bias, disparity and prisoner institutionalization in the criminal justice system


This subject will cover the following topics:

- Police Discretion - Eye Witness Testimony - Jury Deliberation - Sentencing - The Decision to Release from Prison - The Psychological Effects of Imprisonment


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.