PSYC330-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)

Forensic Psychology

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023

Description

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of forensic psychology, including the potential role of Psychology graduates in the criminal justice system. There will be a particular emphasis on the contribution that psychological inquiry and practice can make in efforts to: - Understand the causes of antisocial behavior, including developmental processes - Develop and evaluate effective psychological interventions for antisocial behaviour - Predict who is likely to reoffend - Detect and investigate crime - Understand the "process" or "cycle" of offending in the lives of repeat offenders There is a laboratory component that will give you an understanding of how the theoretical components of the course are applied in real-world settings. Some of these labs will be delivered by guest lecturers working on the "frontline" of these efforts to reduce the harm cause by antisocial behaviour in New Zealand.

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of forensic psychology, including the potential role of Psychology graduates in the criminal justice system. There will be a particular emphasis on the contribution that psychological inquiry and practice can make in efforts to:
• Understand the causes of antisocial behavior, including developmental processes
• Develop and evaluate effective psychological interventions for antisocial behaviour
• Predict who is likely to reoffend
• Detect and investigate crime
• Understand the “process” or “cycle” of offending in the lives of repeat offenders

Learning Outcomes

  • On successfully passing this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate their understanding of modern psychological theories about the aetiology of offending, both in general and for specific types of offending, and from different worldviews.
  • Demonstrate their understanding of psychological and cultural factors and processes that impact on criminal investigations and trials.
  • Compare and contrast the effectiveness of different approaches and models for offending prevention and rehabilitation, including kaupapa Māori models of prevention and rehabilitation.
  • Identify the factors that influence the appropriate collection and use of forensic-related data in research and practice, and the moral and cultural considerations involving the use of such data.
  • Use their understanding of forensic psychology research methods to summarise forensic psychology literature on a given topic.

Prerequisites

PSYC206 or 60 points at 200 level from Schedules C or E of the Bachelor of Criminal Justice.

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 15:00 - 17:00 Live Stream Available
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Online Delivery
27 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun

Course Coordinator

Jacinta Cording

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Course content "cheat sheet" x2 30%
Literature review 30%
Recorded video presentation 30%
Weekly homework quizzes 10%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Bonta, James , Andrews, D. A., Andrews, D. A; The psychology of criminal conduct ; Sixth edition; Routledge, 2016.

Howitt, Dennis; Introduction to forensic and criminal psychology ; Sixth edition; Pearson Education Limited, 2018.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $916.00

International fee $4,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing on the departments and faculties page .

All PSYC330 Occurrences

  • PSYC330-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023
  • PSYC330-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)