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PY2110 - Intersections of Psychology and Law: Forensic Psychology

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

Credit points: 3
Year: 2017
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
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

  • students will be able to demonstrate the ability to identify the ethical issues that arise when working within the sub-discipline of forensic psychology;
  • students will be able to demonstrate the links between forensic psychology and other areas of psychology, such as abnormal psychology and social psychology;
  • students will be able to 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;
  • students will be able to identify 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, Block, Study Period 6
Census Date 22-Jun-2017
Face to face teaching (Face-to-face dates, please contact your college for more details)
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Garry Kidd
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Garry Kidd, Dr Richard Kocsis.
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (50%).

Cairns, Block, Study Period 6
Census Date 22-Jun-2017
Face to face teaching (Face-to-face dates, please contact your college for more details)
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Garry Kidd
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Garry Kidd, Dr Richard Kocsis.
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (50%).

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 51
Census Date 06-Apr-2017
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Garry Kidd
Lecturers: Dr Rummana Kaed, Mrs Davinder Gill.
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (50%).
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 53
Census Date 07-Dec-2017
Lecturer: Dr Adaline Ng.
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (50%).
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.