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PY2110 - Forensic Psychology

[Offered in odd-numbered years in Townsville, Cairns. ]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

Forensic psychology explores psychological 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

  • an awareness of the ethical issues that arise when working within the sub-discipline of forensic psychology;
  • an understanding of the the links between forensic psychology and other areas of psychology, such as abnormal psychology and social psychology;
  • a basic knowledge of the tools and techniques used by the forensic psychologist whilst working within the various areas of the sub-discipline;
  • a working knowledge of the broad areas that forensic psychology encompasses.
Assumed
Knowledge:
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
Prerequisites: (PY1001 OR PY1101) OR (PY1002 OR PY 1102)

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 25-Aug-2011
Coordinator: Professor Russell Hawkins
Lecturer: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (25%); essays (25%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 25-Aug-2011
Coord/Lect: Professor Russell Hawkins.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures - Intensive teaching
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (20%); tutorial attendance and participation (10%); literature review (20%).

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 51
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coordinator: Professor Russell Hawkins
Lecturer: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (25%); essays (25%).

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 53
Census Date 17-Nov-2011
Coordinator: Professor Russell Hawkins
Lecturer: Dr Denise Dillon.
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (25%); essays (25%).

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.