Fall 2019 - PSYC 268 D100
Introduction to Law and Psychology (3)
Class Number: 10099
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SWH 10041, Burnaby
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCK 9500, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 8, 2019
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
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.
This course is designed to give students an up-to-date survey of law and psychology, also known as forensic psychology. The primary focus will be on issues related to psychology and criminal law, although some issues related to civil law also will be discussed. Topics include: the justice system, pretrial issues such as police investigations/interrogations and confessions, trial issues such as jury decision making and eyewitness testimony, and post trial issues including sentencing and parole. Special populations including children and juveniles in the criminal justice system will be considered as well as mental health issues related to fitness to stand trial and particular defences.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
The two major objectives of the course are to introduce students to: (a) basic issues in law and psychology, focusing specifically on Canadian law; and (b) the application of theory and methods from clinical and experimental psychology to various legal issues.
- In Class Assignments: 10%
- Quizzes: 10%
- Midterm Exam: 35%
- Final Exam: 45%
Introduction and Overview of Forensic Psychology
The Canadian Legal System
Film: Murder on a Sunday Afternoon
Forensic Assessment in Criminal Domains
Forensic Assessment in Civil Domains
Police Investigations, Interrogations, and Confessions
Juveniles in the Legal System
Children and the Law
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