PSYC2400 Forensic Psychology

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CRS Acad Level: UG

Course #: PSYC2400

Credits: 3

Term: Spring

About the Course:

This course considers the range of topics that are of concern both to psychologists and members of the legal profession. Many legal issues involve questions that are psychological in nature, referring to human behaviors and/or mental processes. For example, what factors are influential in the decisions made by juries? To what extent are eyewitness identifications reliable? When is a confession voluntary? When is a criminal defendant competent to stand trial? When may a criminal defendant be considered insane? What types of psychological defenses can a criminal defendant use in court? What issues are important in the treatment of the mentally ill? How much discretion should judges have in criminal sentencing? Psychology offers a new approach to these types of issues, based on scientific research and empirical knowledge. In this course we will investigate how psychologists work within the legal system as social scientists, consultants, and expert witnesses and how psychological theories, research data, techniques, and methods can enhance and contribute to our understanding of the judicial system. Prerequisite: PSYC1001. Meets the requirement for Psychology and Social Science elective.

Course offered: Spring.