Courses & Units

Forensic Psychology PSY312

Introduction

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.

Summary

Unit name Forensic Psychology
Unit code PSY312
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Psychological Sciences
Discipline Psychology
Coordinator Associate Professor Jim Sauer
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic

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International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$1,892.00 $888.00 $1,037.00 $2,567.00

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Requisites

Prerequisites

PSY125 AND an additional 12.5 points at introductory level

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

KHA212 or PSY313 OR KHA312

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

1 x 2 hour live workshop per week
Additional online content most weeks

AssessmentFinal Exam (40%)|Podcast Presentation (15%)|Essay (45%)
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Textbooks

Required

Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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