Forensic Psychology and the Law
Queensland University of Technology
Area of Study
Criminal Justice, Justice Studies
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
Forensic Psychology is readily acknowledged as one of the fastest growing areas of psychology in the world. Psychologists are now involved significantly in policing, judicial procedures and correctional processes. The term 'forensic' literally means 'of or used in law courts' (Australian Oxford Paperback Dictionary). The phrase 'psychology and the law', however, is now used more generally to describe the different ways in which psychology and law intersect - namely the psychology of the law, psychology in the law, and psychology by the law. By its very nature the study of psychology and law draws from a wide multidisciplinary base for the application of specialised knowledge. As a student of this discipline area, you will need a broad introductory appreciation of (and a critical perspective on) what the study of psychology and the law involves.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
1. describe and analyse the contribution that the field of psychology makes to understanding criminality and the operation of the criminal justice system
2. communicate the role of psychology research in assisting the legal system
3. recognise and explain various psychological approaches and/or models that can be used to assist with a criminal justice inquiry, from the initial event to an offender's release
4. develop and practise high-level communication that attests to an understanding of psychology's terminology
5. analyse and evaluate the efficacy of psychological interventions in the legal system
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Some courses may require additional fees.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.