Criminal Forensic Psychology

Criminal forensic psychology is the intersection between psychology and the criminal justice system, which involves the understanding of criminal law in the relevant jurisdictions in order to interact appropriately with the legal professionals. The course will introduce students to the relevant sentencing and evidentiary issues, as well as the literature on the assessment and management of violent and sexual offending behaviours, amongst other problem behaviours. In addition, the course will explore areas relating to eyewitness testimony in children. Further, the association between personality disorders and offending behaviours, as well as the relevant assessment and management issues will be examined.

Modular Credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-3.5-6
Pre-requisite(s): Completed 80 MCs of which student must have passed PL1101E, PL2131, PL2132, PL3235, PL3236 and at least 2 other core modules (PL3232 - PL3234), with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial/seminar hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week