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.
Note: Psychology students are expected to have completed KHA201 – Research Methods 2. However, non-psychology students who have not completed KHA201 are welcome to enrol in KHA312. Students will require a very basic understanding of quantitative data to enable them to complete KHA312 (e.g., interpreting simple tables of results). Students will not be expected to conduct any statistical analyses or have an understanding of statistics. Please contact the unit coordinators if you have any inquiries about quantitative requirements for this unit, or if you would like to see some examples of the sort of quantitative tasks that students will be asked to complete.
|Unit name||Forensic Psychology|
|College/School||College of Health and Medicine
School of Psychological Sciences
|Coordinator||Associate Professor James (Jim) Sauer|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Illustrate 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 knowledge of relevant psychological theory and empirical research to evaluate the effectiveness of various practices and policies in the legal system.
- Communicate how theory and evidence from psychology-law research has shaped understanding of behaviour and decision making in the legal system to academic and lay audiences.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
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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
Lecture: 2 hours weekly
Practical: 2 hours weekly
|Assessment||Final Exam (50%)|Psych-law research project (10%)|Presentation (10%)|Essay (30%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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