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PSYC71-407: Forensic Psychology

Description

Forensic Psychology is the interface between the disciplines of Psychology and the Law. This subject introduces students to the field of Forensic Psychology, with a focus on the criminal applications and settings in which forensic psychologists work. The subject is designed to develop critical thinking skills concerning 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: Postgraduate Subject
Code: PSYC71-407
EFTSL: 0.125
Faculty: Faculty of Society and Design
Semesters offered:
  • May 2022 [Standard Offering]
Credit: 10
Study areas:
  • Psychology, Criminology, and Social Sciences
Subject fees:
  • Commencing in 2021: $5,110.00
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,170.00
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,300.00
  • Commencing in 2021: $5,570.00
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,570.00
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,710.00

Learning objectives

1. Demonstrate understanding of major concepts and historical trends in forensic psychology. 2. Demonstrate comprehension and application of 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. Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal communication and interview skills in situations appropriate to psychological practice and research. This includes active listening, clarifying and reflecting, effective questioning, summarising and paraphrasing, developing rapport, appropriate cultural responsiveness and empathic responding. 4. Demonstrate basic assessment strategies in situations appropriate to psychological practice and knowledge of psychometric theory and principles of the construction, cultural considerations, implementation and interpretation of some of the more widely used standardised psychological test instruments. 5. Explain how basic psychological intervention strategies can be applied across a range of contexts including consideration of cultural responsiveness. 6. Cultural responsiveness in forensic contexts, including with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures

Enrolment requirements

Requisites:

Nil

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.

Restrictions: This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

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

Subject dates

  • Standard Offering
    Enrolment opens: 20/03/2022
    Semester start: 16/05/2022
    Subject start: 16/05/2022
    Cancellation 1: 30/05/2022
    Cancellation 2: 06/06/2022
    Last enrolment: 29/05/2022
    Withdraw - Financial: 11/06/2022
    Withdraw - Academic: 02/07/2022
    Teaching census: 10/06/2022
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens: 20/03/2022
Semester start: 16/05/2022
Subject start: 16/05/2022
Cancellation 1: 30/05/2022
Cancellation 2: 06/06/2022
Last enrolment: 29/05/2022
Withdraw - Financial: 11/06/2022
Withdraw - Academic: 02/07/2022
Teaching census: 10/06/2022