PSY 3318 - Forensic Psychology
Credits: 3 hrs
This course introduces students to the field of forensic psychology, its history, and its impact in today’s world as it relates to criminal justice system. The course will provide an expansive overview of forensic psychology, including basic tenets, practices, and procedures and will explore subspecialties of forensic psychology; roles and responsibilities; and related legal, ethical, and diversity issues.
The course will explore forensic psychology links to the criminal justice system through such topics as, criminal profiling, police psychology, psychology in the criminal courts, and correctional psychology, investigative psychology, crime psychology, theories of crime, lie detection, eyewitness errors, psychotherapy, false confession, psychopathy, antisocial personality disorder, and expert testimony. Through this course, students will acquire a broad understanding of forensic psychology theories and concepts, which they will apply to the analysis of controversial issues and contemporary challenges within the criminal justice field.