Introduction to Forensic Psychology and the Law

La Trobe University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Forensic Psychology and the Law

  • Host University

    La Trobe University

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Criminal Justice, Criminology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    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.

Course Disclaimer

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.