Introduction to Forensic Psychology and the Law
La Trobe University
Area of Study
Criminal Justice, Criminology
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Host University Units15
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
This subject identifies and critically evaluates the use of psychological methodologies in assessing human behaviour; psychological process such as perception, cognition and recall; and the use of expert evidence and the criminal law. Scientific literature on psychological factors influencing eyewitness identification, memory, recall, and systemic factors in the legal system will be critically evaluated. The subject will also cover risk assessment of violent and sexual offenders, forensic psychological issues relating to drug crime, miscarriages of justice and pseudo-science, the psychology of interrogations and false confessions, detecting deception, and the psychological dimensions of juror decision-making.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
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.