INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY AND THE LAW

LCR2PSY

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline



This subject introduces students to a range of topics where psychological research has shaped criminal law and procedure. Case studies will be examined to explore how systemic factors and procedures in the criminal justice system have evolved to take into account developments in understanding human behaviour and as a result of increased awareness of miscarriages of justice. Topics include: the psychological factors influencing eyewitness identification - specifically factors relevant to memory, perception and recall; the psychology of interrogations and false confessions; the detection of deception; and the psychological dimensions of juror decision-making. This subject also examines the laws and procedures relevant to the criminal prosecution of people with mental illness and/or cognitive impairment, including fitness to stand trial and the defence of mental impairment, as well as the rules relating to expert evidence in criminal trials. The subject concludes with an examination of the psychological literature relevant to some special categories of offenders, such as juvenile offenders, violent offenders and sex offenders.




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SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSuzanne O'Toole

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW1LIM or LCR1ALS or LCR1CSS

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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 (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and 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 (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and 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 (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and 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 (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and 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 (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSuzanne 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: 11 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Research essay or report (1500 word equivalent)To be submitted and marked online. No hard copy submission required.30 01, 05
One take-home examination (2000 word equivalent)To be submitted and marked online. No hard copy submission required.55 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Online Quiz (500 words equivalent)To be submitted and marked online. No hard copy submission required.15 01, 03, 04

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSuzanne 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: 11 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Research essay or report (1500 word equivalent)To be submitted and marked online. No hard copy submission required.30 01, 05
One take-home examination (2000 word equivalent)To be submitted and marked online. No hard copy submission required.55 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Online Quiz (500 words equivalent)To be submitted and marked online. No hard copy submission required.15 01, 03, 04