1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
1 18 units in CRIM1101, CRIM1102, CRIM2201, CRIM2202, CRIM2203, ENGL2130, HIST2043, LLAW3271, LEGL2116, SOCI2015, WMST2015, CRIM1003, CRIM1004, CRIM2003
1a 18 units of first level LLAW topics
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a))
Enrolment not permitted
CRIM3003 has been successfully completed
Topic description
This topic explores the intersection of psychology and the law, specifically as psychology is applied within justice agencies, and the criminal justice system. Topics include: the role of psychologists in the correctional and justice systems, victimology, sexual and other violent offending, eyewitness testimony/identification and juror decision-making, child witnesses, psychology of law enforcement (including investigative psychology), therapeutic jurisprudence, and forensic mental health.
Educational aims
The topic introduces students to:

  • basic social science and legal secondary research skills and how to construct a supported argument
  • the knowledge base that underpins the psychology of, and psychological engagement with, the criminal justice system
  • the practical application of psychological theories in the criminal justice system (e.g., policing, courts, correctional services)
  • a range of views on psychology, crime and laws, and how to discuss and develop a persuasive argument

Expected learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this topic, students will be able to demonstrate skills and knowledge in:

  • identifying and explaining interconnections between psychology and law
  • applying these explanations to the criminal justice area
  • reading and applying empirical evidence and legal materials to an analysis of psychology, crime and the law
  • expressing original ideas in a persuasive, evidence-based manner
  • discussing and articulating arguments reflecting the varied views arising from psychology and the law