law3pal psych



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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject addresses selected issues at the intersection of psychology and criminal law and considers the ways in which social and behavioural researchers have investigated and analysed legal phenomena. The processes of investigating a criminal event, bringing the matter to trial, and decision-making regarding guilt and disposition, are explored from a psychological perspective. Relevant literature regarding eyewitness testimony, interviewing of witnesses, interrogation of suspects, confessions, lie detection, forensic hypnosis, expert testimony, and jury decision-making is utilised. Students who undertake this subject will be encouraged to adopt an interdisciplinary perspective and to become familiar with psychological literature relevant to the selected topics.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDavid Wishart

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW1CRL


Incompatible subjects LAWPAL, L2PAL, LST20PAL, L3PAL, LST30PAL

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Current enrolment in Bachelor of Laws

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPsychology and law: a critical appraisalPrescribedKapardis, A.CAMBRIDGE UP 2002.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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