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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
Study areas
  • Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,950

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.

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The Master of Psychology (Clinical) and Master of Professional Psychology programs are accredited pathways towards registration as a Psychologist. Entry into these programs is based on a calculated GPA derived from a completed four year sequence of study in Psychology as accredited by APAC as well as invitation into the degree. As such, this subject can only be taken by those students successfully admitted to the degree.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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