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.

Availability

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

Session 2 (60)
Online *
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY422. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

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

Syllabus

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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PSY422 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Title
Value %
1
Attendance at september residential school
0
2
Literature review for crime reduction proposal
20
3
Crime reduction project proposal
40
4
Examination
40

Residential School

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

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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