This unit will provide an introduction to psychology and law. The progression of lecture topics in this unit will roughly follow the course of an investigation and trial of a criminal case, covering issues such as eyewitness memory; false memories; police interviewing techniques; deception detection; and juror decisions. Throughout the unit, the focus will be on how psychological science can (a) help us understand various aspects of the legal system, and (b) help to improve important processes in policing and courtroom trials.
|Unit name||Forensic Psychology|
|College/School||College of Health and Medicine
School of Psychological Sciences
|Coordinator||Associate Professor Jim Sauer|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Describe how psychological science promotes understanding of human behaviour and decision making in the legal system, and can contribute to the effective operation of key aspects of the legal system.
- Use your knowledge of relevant psychological theory and empirical research to evaluate the effectiveness of various practices and policies in the legal system
- Effectively communicate to academic and lay audiences by explaining how theory and evidence from psychology-law research has shaped understanding of behaviour and decision making in the legal system.
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Prerequisites25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any College
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:KHA212 or PSY313 OR KHA312
1 x 2 hour live workshop per week
|Assessment||Final Exam (40%)|Podcast Presentation (15%)|Essay (45%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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