Forensic Psychology

Forensic Psychology

  1. Module Title: Forensic Psychology
  2. Module Prefix/Number: PSYC 384
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description: This course provides students with an introduction to Forensic Psychology. The course covers both the psychological and legal facets pertaining to crime and those affected by it. The course will also seek to explore actual case studies and clinical examples that integrate research and application of Forensic Psychology so that students will be equipped with a well-balanced overview of how Forensic Psychology may be used to understand crime and deviant behaviors.The course will further explore the application of psychological science in the legal arena. Some concepts that would be emphasized include ethical issues, specialised testing instruments, legal procedures and issues at the confluence of Law and Psychology.
  5. By the end of this course, students should achieve the following Learning Outcomes:
    • Knowledge and understanding of Forensic Psychology
    • Knowledge and understanding of the application of research methodology in Forensic Psychology
    • Develop and apply critical-thinking skills within the domain of Forensic Psychology
    • Develop an understanding of ethical values in Forensic Psychology
    • Understanding how the knowledge of Forensic Psychology may interact with broader frameworks
  6. Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
    Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
    A 90–100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59

    Assignments 40%

    As part of the requirements, students must complete short assignments based on these studies. There will be 2 assignments, each attracting 20% of total course grade.

    Assignment (Essay) 20%

    Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.

    Guidelines for the essay assignment:

    • Word limit: 1500 – 2500
    • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1″ margins.
    • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar.
    • References to be provided using the APA guidelines.

    Exams 40%

    There will be a Final exam. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.

  7. Course Outline
    • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
    • Crime and Investigation
    • Interrogation and Confessions
    • Vulnerable Groups
    • The Trial Process
    • Death Penalty and the Public Policy
    • Discrimination & Harassment
    • Applications of Forensic Psychology

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