PSY4010 Forensic Psychology & the Legal System

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Johnston

Course Description:

This course exposes students to the dynamics associated to the assessment of how the practice of psychology and law are combined collectively utilized within both civil and criminal applications within the realm of criminal justice. The elements pertaining to assessment, treatment, investigations, and decision making within the legal system will be explored; in addition, ethical considerations pertaining to the legal system and the role that psychology plays will be explored to illustrate the challenges associated to this industry.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The course is intended to be both an introduction and an intensification of topics covered in other courses but with an emphasis on the structure and associated to psychology and law.

Why This Course Is Important:

The legal system is complex in nature and the field of psychology is easily correlated to the legal arena due to the fact that the investigation, scrutiny, and evaluation of behavior that led an individual to act in a certain way is now in question by authorities within the legal sector. The application of psychology to law is rather simplistic from a cursory glance; however, the process of assessment for competency, mental capacity, motive, dangerousness, and the plausibility of suffering from a mental illness are just a few of the challenges pertaining to the overall assessment of treatment and legal decision making processes. Students will ascertain the ethical challenges that subsist within this industry as well as approaching the evaluation of civil and criminal proceeding with mercy, understanding, and the importance of collective wisdom.