PSY 262 - Forensic Psychology
The focus of this course is an examination of the interaction between the discipline of psychology and the criminal justice system. It examines the aspects of human behavior directly related to the legal process such as eyewitness memory, testimony, jury decision making, and criminal behavior. In addition, the professional practice of psychology will be examined as to how it interacts with the legal system, and criminal and civil law. The student will gain an understanding of the production and application of psychological knowledge to the civil and criminal justice systems. It embraces psychology and the law, psychology of police and policing, corrections, parole, victim services, addiction services, family services, and the full range of activities related to law enforcement and treatment of offenders. This course provides a strong foundation of understanding for individuals interested in psychology, law, criminal justice, and related fields. Three class hours.
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or SOC 101 or permission of instructor.
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Identify and critique the roles and responsibilities of forensic psychologists.
2. Identify and interpret the challenges unique to forensic psychology.
3. Apply the concepts of forensic psychology to an actual situation.
4. Analyze the ethical issues related to the practice of forensic psychology.
5. Apply the psychological concepts of assessment and evaluation to legal institutions.
Course Offered Spring only