INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY AND THE LAW

LCR2PSY

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

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.



SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSuzie O'Toole

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted any Bachelor of Criminology program including double degrees or a Bachelor of Laws undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Laws double degree or LVLGE offered by the School of Law or permission of the Course Coordinator

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Psychological Science may take this subject as a Law Elective.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsLegal Psychology in AustraliaPrescribedMark Nolan and Jane Goodman-Delahunty; 2015Thomson Reuters

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate a capacity to understand and critically evaluate key concepts relating to forensic psychology and the law

Activities:
Presentations and tutorials emphasizing the meaning of legal terminology in the context of psychology. Students are required to use new language in discussion and written settings. Assessment requiring identification and analysis of key concepts requiring reading and analysis of primary and secondary legal materials.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Explain and critique case-based and statutory principles relating to forensic psychology and the law

Activities:
Frameworks for doctrines explained and illustrated in presentations, individual student reading of cases and texts provided in the Course Materials and in-class discussions to clarify and evaluate applications.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Demonstrate a developed capacity to integrate case-based and statutory principles to arrive at a solution to a problem raised in a given fact situation

Activities:
Argument development and evaluation modelled through case-study examples in lectures and concept presentations. Individual student reading of cases and textbooks and in- class discussions to clarify and evaluate applications.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. Demonstrate understanding of the policy environment in which the interaction between psychology and the law is debated and resolved

Activities:
Argument development and evaluation modelled through case-study examples in presentations. Individual student reading of cases and textbooks and in-class discussions to clarify and evaluate.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

05. Write effectively using the principles of plain legal English

Activities:
Tutorial discussion and concept presentations emphasising the necessity for clarity; modelling of written case studies, assessment tasks requiring written communication to a range of audiences.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSuzie O'Toole

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Research essay (1000 word equivalent)To be submitted and marked online. No hard copy submission required.30 01, 05
One take-home examination (3000 word equivalent)70 01, 02, 03, 04, 05