BEHV 3021 Psychology, Crime and Law
Credit Points 10
Legacy Code 102399
Coordinator Alina Ewald Opens in new window
Description This subject covers a broad spectrum of issues relevant to legal and forensic psychology. How accurate is a witness's memory? How good are we at identifying a suspect in a line-up? Why do people confess to crimes they never committed? What are good interviewing and interrogation techniques for understanding the truth? How accurate are repressed memories, and how are false memories implanted?
Discipline Behavioural Science
Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp
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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject
Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: 1793 Bachelor of Science, Criminology and Psychological Studies, 1834 Bachelor of Psychology, 1711 Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology) or 1865 Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). For program 1793 Bachelor of Science, Criminology and Psychological Studies students must have successfully completed 140 credit points and 102223 Investigating Psychology B OR 140 credit points and 101183 Psychology: Behavioural Science and 100013 Experimental Design and Analysis before enrolling in this subject. For program 1834 Bachelor of Psychology, 1711 Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology) & 1865 Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) students must have successfully completed 101183 Psychology: Behavioral Science and 100013 Experimental Design and Analysis before enrolling in this subject.
Introductory knowledge of Psychology, statistics, and research methods.
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Describe key concepts theories, studies, methods and debates within criminal and forensic Psychology;
- Analyse the theoretical issues in memory distortion;
- Summarise the theory and history of repressed memories;
- Outline the dangers of memory retrieval practices;
- Assess the politics of false memories and repression;
- Critique the impact of repressed and recovered memory theory on the legal system and in clinical practice;
- Identify the principles and theories of clinical forensic psychology.
- Introduction to Psychology, Crime and Law
- Criminal Law, Australian Legal and Court System
- Psychological Processes: Cognition - Attitudinal Biases, Decision Making and Social Cognition
- Psychological Processes: Memory - Eye-witness, False and Implanted Memories
- Psychological Processes: Behaviour - Deception and Lies Detection
- Forensic Mental Health: Developmental, Social, Environmental Risk Factors
- Criminal Justice System: Indigenous Australians
- Criminal Justice System : Youth, Gender, Cultural Differences
- Introduction to Forensic Psychology
- Forensic Interviews and Risk Assessment
- Forensic Risk Management and Interventions
- Summary and Reflections
The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.
|Quiz||5 x 5 multiple choice question quizzes||25||N||Individual|
|Case Study||2000 words||40||N||Individual|
Subject Contact Alina Ewald Opens in new window