PSY422 Forensic Psychology (8)

This subject examines the interface between psychology and the justice system. It builds on areas of psychology such as social, clinical, cognitive and developmental psychology as well as incorporating material from other relevant disciplines such as criminology. The emphasis in the subject is on the critical evaluation of theory and research and the ability to apply it to issues such as the development of criminal behaviour and approaches to dealing with it.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
Online *
Bathurst Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Psychology

Enrolment Restrictions

4th year Psychology students only.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to outline the scope of forensic psychology and describe the interface between psychology and the judicial system
  • be able to critically evaluate a range of theories relevant to forensic psychology
  • be able to apply theory and research critically and appropriately to issues in the justice system
  • be able to write a policy type report
  • be able to use the psychological literature to develop and support arguments
  • be able to recognise ethical issues involved in forensic psychology
  • be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of some of the psychological tests used in forensic situations


This subject will cover the following topics:

What is forensic psychology? Social cognition and forensic psychology The development and maintenance of criminal behaviour Psychology and corrections Assessment in fornesic psychology Ethics in forensic psychology

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.No changes to the purpose or activities of the existing residential school.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or 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.