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PY2110 - Intersections of Psychology and Law: Forensic Psychology

[Offered in odd-numbered years in Townsville. ]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

Forensic psychology explores emotional and behavioural issues that relate to the law and legal systems. Psychological knowledge is applied to the understanding of crime and criminal justice. This subject examines the role a forensic psychologist plays in the provision of advice to personnel within the justice system; the diagnosis and treatment of incarcerated and probationed offenders and techniques used to screen and evaluate personnel in the law enforcement and judicial systems. Germane topics in abnormal psychology, clinical psychology, personality and developmental psychology, psychometric testing and social psychology are dealt with insofar as they inform the tasks of psychologists in forensic settings.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate the links between forensic psychology and other areas of psychology, such as abnormal psychology and social psychology;
  • demonstrate the ability to identify and use the tools and techniques used by the forensic psychologist whilst working within the various areas of the sub-discipline;
  • identify the broad areas that forensic psychology encompasses;
  • demonstrate the ability to identify the ethical issues that arise when working within the sub-discipline of forensic psychology.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Literature review - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Proposal - (30%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: Achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties.

To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
Prerequisites: PY1101 OR PY1102


JCU Singapore, Study Period 52, Internal
Census Date 04-Aug-2022
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 10 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 13 hours tutorials
  • 16 hours pre-recorded content/lectures
  • assessment and self-directed study
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.