INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY AND THE LAW

LCR2PSY

2021

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.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSuzanne O'Toole

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesPresentations 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.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesLCR1ALS OR LCR1CSS OR LAW1LIM

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Legal Psychology in Australia

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorMark Nolan and Jane Goodman-Delahunty

Year2015

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherThomson Reuters

ISBN9780455223889

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate a capacity to understand and critically evaluate key concepts relating to forensic psychology and the law
02. Explain and critique case-based and statutory principles relating to forensic psychology and the law
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
04. Demonstrate understanding of the policy environment in which the interaction between psychology and the law is debated and resolved
05. Write effectively using the principles of plain legal English

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSuzanne O'Toole

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 11 - 22
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Research essay or report (1500 word equivalent). To be submitted and marked online. No hard copy submission required.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO5

One take-home examination (2000 word equivalent). To be submitted and marked online. No hard copy submission required.

N/AOther written examIndividualNo55 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Online Quiz (500 words equivalent). To be submitted and marked online. No hard copy submission required.

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSuzanne O'Toole

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 11 - 22
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Research essay or report (1500 word equivalent). To be submitted and marked online. No hard copy submission required.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO5

One take-home examination (2000 word equivalent). To be submitted and marked online. No hard copy submission required.

N/AOther written examIndividualNo55 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Online Quiz (500 words equivalent). To be submitted and marked online. No hard copy submission required.

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4