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Number:PY445
Name:Psychology and the Law
Description:This is the capstone course for the forensic psychology major and provides an in-depth look at the application of psychology to the judicial system. Students review and evaluate current research on topics such as detecting deception, eyewitness identification, false confessions, psychopathy, 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
and junior or senior status

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 Instructor New Used Rental eBook
F 2016 (none) Horton $0 $0 $0
F 2016 (none) Horton $0 $0 $0
S 2016 CENTRAL PARK FIVE 9780307387981 BURNS 12 PENG RAND Wohl $0 $14 $0
S 2016 PSYCHOLOGY+LAW 9781452258911 BARTOL 15 SAGE Wohl $104 $0 $0
F 2015 (none) Horton $0 $0 $0
F 2015 (none) Horton $0 $0 $0
F 2014 No Text Required Horton $0 $0 $0
F 2014 No Text Required Horton $0 $0 $0
S 2014 No Text Required Horton $0 $0 $0
F 2013 No Text Required Dickson $0 $0 $0
F 2011 NO INFORMATION RECEIVED NONE Dickson $0 $0