Forensic Psychology: Crime, Courts and Corrections - PSYC1027

Faculty: Faculty of Science

School: School of Psychology

Course Outline: School of Psychology

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 5

CSS Contribution Charge: 1 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

Available for General Education: Yes (more info)

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This course provides an introduction to forensic psychology - the application of psychological knowledge to issues related to the legal system. The course will follow an offender through the criminal justice system, from the offence and pre-trial right through to court, conviction, punishment, sentencing, and finally to treatment and release. Some of the topics covered may include: mental health assessments; confessions; expert evidence; jury decision making; the effectiveness of treatment programs for sexual and violent offenders; mental illness and offending; and, the rehabilitation of offenders. Students will conduct a court observation, where they will get first-hand experience of the criminal justice system in action. On completion of the course students will have an appreciation of some of the ways psychologists interact with and inform criminal justice.

Note: This course is taught entirely online using the e-learning Moodle site, although the final exam may be conducted on campus.
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