An examination of psychological methods, findings and theories in the study of law. Topics will include the fallibility of the eyewitness; juror decisional processes; credibility of witnesses and attorneys; socialization into legal systems, police behaviour, etc.
By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:
- Demonstrate working knowledge of the key theories, research methods, and issues, in the Psychology and Law field and literature
- Compare and contrast the assumptions and methods of psychology with those of law
- Explain how research is conducted and disseminated
- Use the psychological concepts, language, and theories, to account for human behavior in legal contexts
- Use a variety of mediums to communicate in an academically rigorous manner how psychological principles can be used to explain legal issues and inform public policy.
- Articulate how psychological principles can be used to explain legal issues and inform public policy.
- Seek and evaluate scientific evidence for forensic psychological claims, evaluate the appropriateness of conclusions derived from forensic psychological research, and generalize research conclusions appropriately based on the parameters of particular research.
- Describe how psychological explanations are often complex and tentative.
- Introduction to Forensic Psychology
- Police psychology and the psychology of police investigations
- Detecting Deception
- Eyewitness testimony
- Juries: Fact Finders
- The Role of Mental Illness in Court
- Risk Assessment
- Sentencing and Parole in Canada
- Assessment and Treatment of Justice-Involved Youth
Pre-requisite(s): 2.50 credits in Psychology or PSYC*2310
|Assessment Item||Weight||Learning Outcomes|
|Weekly Quizzes (5 @ 2% each, best 5/10)||10%||1, 4, 6-9|
|Case Discussions||20%||1, 2, 4-8|
|Written Assignment||20%||1, 3-8|
|Midterm Exam||20%||1-6, 8|
|Online Final Exam||30%||1-6, 8|
*Course details are subject to change.