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OLET2602: Psychology of Crime

Psychology of Crime investigates the interplay between psychology and the criminal legal system. In particular, it focuses on an array of topics including: perpetrators and defendants, interviewing, false confessions, jury deliberation, eyewitness memory, fitness to stand trial, rehabilitation of offenders, and expert evidence. This unit aims to provide you with an introduction to a selection of topics studied in this field. Importantly, by doing this unit, you will be able to describe and critically evaluate key empirical studies and theories in forensic psychology.

Code OLET2602
Academic unit Psychology Academic Operations
Credit points 2
Prerequisites:
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None
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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None

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand core topics of forensic psychology
  • LO2. apply core areas of psychology to legal settings
  • LO3. evaluate the quality of information and differentiate empirical evidence from speculation.
  • LO4. use reasoning and evidence to recognise, develop, defend and criticse arguments and persuasive appeals. Use problem-based learning to 'solve' case studies.
  • LO5. demonstrate written communication skills by responding to essay questions (or evaluate and respond to scenario/case studies using written communication)‚Äč.
  • LO6. access, interpret, and integrate information from psychological and legal databases.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.