Psychological aspects of the criminal justice system. Case examples illustrating theory and practice of forensic issues in criminal investigation and courtroom procedures. This course introduces topics of interest to psychologists, members of the legal profession and those in law enforcement. Psychology plays an important role in the understanding of many aspects of criminal actions and their aftermath. This course will explore how psychologists work with the legal system. The primary focus will be research into criminal psychology. Topics such as terrorism, influential factors for jury decision making, competency to stand trial, pathways towards criminal behaviour and others will be covered during the semester. Prereq: PSY 205 or 209 or equivalent intro psychology course.
Semesters: Fall, Spring