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Introduction to Forensic Psychology (8831.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Psychology


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  • Semester 2, 2019, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (192674) - View
  • Winter Term, 2018, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (180602) - View
  • Winter Term, 2017, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (164539) - View
  • Winter Term, 2016, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (152349) - View
  • Winter Term, 2015, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (146697) - View

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Introduction to forensic psychology: Eyewitness memory; Suggestibility; Offender profiling; Insanity, competence, and malingering; Expert testimony in the courtroom; Police Interrogation techniques; Prejudice, discrimination and hate crimes; Sexual harassment; Crime in sport; Terrorism; Miscarriages of justice.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of criminal offending and an understanding of the role of a forensic psychologist in relation to the investigation of crime and the assessment and treatment of offenders;

2. Think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and develop evidence clearly and logically; and

3. Deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends.

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Contact Hours

12 hours of lectures and 8 hours of tutorials over the Winter Term.


11399 Understanding People and Behaviour OR
4309 Psychology 101 OR
4310 Psychology 102 OR
by permission of the unit convenor.



Assumed Knowledge


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