Course Description –
This course is intended for undergraduate psychology majors and students in other majors who are interested in introduction and overview of forensic psychology. Forensic psychology involves the application of psychological knowledge or methods to: criminal investigation assessing defendant for insanity or competency, assessing people for risk of violence, sexual offense or other dangerous behaviors, trial and trial jury consultation, child-custody evaluations, understanding interrogations, confessions and eyewitness identification, and the selection and training of law enforcement officers.

Pre-requisite –

  • PSYC 1101

Recommended Reading Material –
Bartol, C.R. & Bartol A. M. (2011). Introduction to Forensic Psychology: Research and Application. 3rd ed., North America: Sage Publications. The class follows this textbook fairly closely so it would be helpful.

Access to American Psychological Association Publication Manual of the American Psychological association ( 6th. Ed.) Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Course Learning Objectives –

  1. Examine the legal system through the use of psychological concepts, methods, and research results via Objective Tests; and an APA style research paper with rubric
  2. Describe the policies and procedures carried out by practicing psychologists in the field via Objective tests and classroom discussions
  3. Analyze the scholarly controversies and ethical dilemmas in the field via Ethical dilemma case study analysis with rubric
  4. To give real world examples of forensic psychology in action via real-world scenarios with outcome-based rubrics

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