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Special Topic: Forensic Psychology
This course is concerned with the psychology of crime and the potential roles of psychologists in the Criminal Justice System. There will be a particular emphasis on the contribution that psychological inquiry and practice can make to addressing some of the pressing issues in current forensic psychology practice. As such, a large focus of the course is on the development and application of critical thinking and evidence-informed decision-making to understand contemporary and controversial issues in the field, such as:• the use of automated risk assessment tools in offender management• the cultural appropriateness of modern offender management practices • the debate between strength-based and “deficits-based” models of rehabilitation• prevention and therapy with minor-attracted persons• evidence for systemic bias in the criminal justice system.
On successfully passing this course, students will be able to:Demonstrate a deep understanding of issues and controversies at the fore-front of modern forensic psychology theory and research.Apply critical thinking skills to identify and reflect on one’s own beliefs and knowledge base in relation to these contemporary issues in forensic psychology, and effectively communicate these beliefs.Demonstrate a deep understanding of psychological and cultural factors and processes that impact on modern offender management.Identify benefits and limitations of different approaches and models for offending prevention and rehabilitation, including kaupapa Māori models of prevention and rehabilitation.Demonstrate an understanding of 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.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
There are no required textbooks for this course. Two to three assigned readings for each lecture will be provided online via LEARN.
Domestic fee $1,051.00
International Postgraduate fees
* 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.
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