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PSYC13-339: Forensic Psychology


Forensic Psychology is the interface between the disciplines of Psychology and Law. This subject introduces students to Forensic Psychology, focusing on criminal applications and settings in which forensic psychologists work. The subject aims to develop critical thinking skills for empirical research and theory in Forensic Psychology.  Please be advised that this subject contains material that some students may find distressing. This material includes research and case examples of sexual offending and violent offending.  

Subject details

Type: Undergraduate Subject
Code: PSYC13-339
Faculty: Faculty of Society and Design
Credit: 10
Study areas:
  • Psychology, Criminology, and Social Sciences

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in forensic psychology,
  2. Comprehend and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of Psychology, with depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach.
  3. Apply knowledge and skills of Psychology in a manner that is reflexive, culturally appropriate and sensitive to the diversity of individuals.
  4. Analyse and critique theory and research in the discipline of Psychology and communicate these in written format.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate values and ethics in Psychology.
  6. Demonstrate self-directed pursuit of scholarly inquiry in Psychology.

Enrolment requirements



Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

All Psychology programs are accredited in the sequence presented and designed to provide students with learning and graduate outcomes in line with APAC accreditation standards. In order to meet these outcomes, students in the Undergraduate program should complete PSYC11, then PSYC12, and finally PSYC13 subjects in the order sequenced.