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Number:PY445
Name:Psychology and the Law
Description:This course provides an in-depth look at the application of psychology to the judicial system. Covered topics include detecting deception, eyewitness identification, false confessions, jury selection, trial strategies, risk assessment, the insanity defense and competency to stand trial.
Credit(s):3
Offered (DAY schedule):Fall semester
Instructor Permission Required:N
Pre-Requisite(s): PY111
PY231

Course Objectives

At the completion of this course, students will be able to: Critically evaluate research in the field of forensic psychology. Analyze issues involved in determining competence and criminal responsibility. Evaluate various deception detection methods. Analyze issues regarding eyewitness identification and false confessions. Distinguish among risk assessment methods and evaluate their applicability to various populations. Evaluate the role played by psychologists in jury selection and other trial strategies.

Books Previously Used in this Course

Term Year Title ISBN Author Edition Publisher
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Thomas College. Beyond Education.