Summer 2019 - PSYC 268 C200

Introduction to Law and Psychology (3)

Class Number: 6032

Delivery Method: Distance Education

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Distance Education

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Jun 19, 2019
    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    AQ 3182, Burnaby

    Aug 9, 2019
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 102.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

An introduction to the area of law and psychology. The role and influence of psychology in the legal system will be discussed. Topics include: social psychology and law, developmental psychology and law, juvenile justice, experimental psychology and law, mental disability and law.

COURSE DETAILS:

Issues at the intersection of Psychology and Law have been studied for well over 100 years. In 1906 Sigmund Freud stated, in a speech to Austrian judges, that psychology has important applications to the legal system. In 1908, Hugo Munsterberg published On the Witness Stand, a review of issues that psychologists had studied that were relevant to the legal system. Between 1909 and 1918 Guy Whipple published a series of articles in Psychological Bulletin, on observations, memory, and witness testimony. Notwithstanding the contributions of these giants, sustained research in the area of Psychology and Law did not take hold until the mid 1960s. Since then, the discipline has advanced rapidly. Many and varied questions have been researched by psychologists who specialize in the area of forensic psychology and law including eyewitness identification, memory for crime, risk assessment, treatment of offenders, children’s competence as witnesses in court, juveniles in the criminal justice system. The list of topics is long and the research is extensive. We begin with this course, an Introduction to Psychology and Law. The course will introduce you to the varied topics being studied in psychology and law and an overview of the current state of knowledge in each. Topics: History of psychology and law The Canadian legal system Forensic assessment in criminal domains Forensic assessment in civil domains Forensic treatment Correctional psychology Children and the law Juveniles in the legal system Eyewitness identification Police interrogations and false confessions Police psychology Juries and legal decision making

Grading

  • Group Discussions, Assignment Submissions, & Peer Reviews 10%
  • Group Discussions 5%
  • Quizzes 10%
  • Mid-term Exam 35%
  • Final Exam 40%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Forensic Psychology and the Law - A Canadian Perspective (2014), Roesch et. al.
ISBN: 9781118161753

Centre for Online and Distance Education Notes:

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Required Readings listed on the course outlines are the responsibility of the student to purchase. Textbooks are available for purchase at the SFU Bookstore on the Burnaby campus or online through the Bookstore's website.

All CODE courses have an Additional Course Fee of $40

Exams
Exams are scheduled to be written on the SFU Burnaby campus at the noted time and date (unless noted as a take-home exam). 
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Students are responsible for following all Exam Policies and Procedures (e.g., missing an exam due to illness).

This course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change. Please check your course details in your online delivery method, such as Canvas.



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