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PSYC71-407: Forensic Psychology


This subject is designed to give an introduction to the ideas, methods and content of forensic psychology. Forensic psychology involves the study of the behaviour of people within the legal system, including offenders, witnesses, victims, police, judges and magistrates, prisoners and prison staff. This focus on one area of human activity is seen as justified by its social importance and the growing involvement of psychologists in forensic issues, such as theories of crime and delinquency, the role of drugs, penal theories and practices, and techniques for intervention or prevention. This subject emphasises the scientist-practitioner approach to forensic psychology.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • January 2019 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2020 [Standard Offering]
Study abroadNot Available to Study Abroad students
Study areas
  • Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2018: $4,616
  • Commencing in 2019: $4,780

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate understanding of major concepts and historical trends in forensic psychology, and knowledge of the theoretical and empirical bases underpinning evidence approaches to psychological intervention,
2. Demonstrate practical skills in laboratory based and other psychological research,
3. Respect and use critical and creative thinking, sceptical enquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behaviour and mental processes,
4. Explain how the science and practice of forensic psychology is influenced by social, historical, professional and cultural contexts, and act ethically,
5. Communicate effectively in a variety of formats and in a variety of contexts, and
6. Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social and forensic issues.


Only available if admitted into a Postgraduate Psychology accredited program

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens12/11/2017
Semester start15/01/2018
Subject start15/01/2018
Cancellation 1?29/01/2018
Cancellation 2?05/02/2018
Last enrolment28/01/2018
Last withdrawal?09/02/2018
Teaching census?09/02/2018