PSYCHOL 4310 - Human Behaviour & Criminal Justice: Applying Psychology
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 4310 Course Human Behaviour & Criminal Justice: Applying Psychology Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to two hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Incompatible PSYCHOL 4309, PSYCHOL 4209 Restrictions Available to B.Psychological Science (Honours) and B. Psychology (Advanced) (Honours) students only Course Description Learn how psychological science can be applied to improve criminal justice systems. This course will take real cases from around the world and apply principles and findings from psychology to illustrate how to improve the fairness and efficiency of legal systems. We will explore the factors behind wrongful convictions of the innocent. The course will cover topics including the application of memory research to aiding the decisions of eyewitnesses?, interviewing witnesses, juror decision making and forensic science evidence, and forensic reasoning and bias. Students will develop their skills in applying research findings to real world problems, critical analysis of arguments and data, and communication of psychology to community members and other professions.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Carolyn SemmlerTelephone: 831 34628
Location: Floor/Room 711, Hughes Building, North Terrace
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Full details are located in MyUni.
Course Learning Outcomes
Understand the application of psychological research to legal contexts
Communicate the value of psychological science to solving problems
Understand the role of expert psychological evidence in Australian courts
Tailor scientific information for communication to lay audiences
Design evidence-based interventions to solve problems in applied contexts
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 3 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
4 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesThere are no required resources for this course. Readings and cases will be made available via MyUni throughout the course.
Recommended ResourcesWeb-links to legal resources and study guides will be provided to students during this course.
Material from the seminars offered during the semester will be made available on MyUni.
This course may use MyUni for one or more of the following:
- Communication with the teaching team via Announcements and Discussion Board
- Submission of summative assessment
- Access to additional readings and internet resources
- Self-directed learning activities- Assessment preparation materials
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesSeries of interactive face-to-face seminars is supported by online resources in MyUni.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Full details are available in MyUni.
Learning Activities SummaryFull details are available in MyUni. Each week will focus upon a specific set of cases with discussions centred on key questions regarding the psychological aspects of the case. Experts in forensic and legal disciplines may lead these discussions.
Specific Course RequirementsNot applicable.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceNot applicable.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Type of Assessment Assessment Weighting Hurdle Requirement Learning Outcomes being assessed Case Study
No 1, 3 Expert Report
Formative and Summative 70% No 2, 4, 5
Assessment Related RequirementsNot applicable.
Assessment DetailCase Study (Weighting 30%): Students will find and review a case where expert forensic testimony has been provided and assess the scientific basis for that testimony – applying the principles of measurement reliability, validity to the forensic discipline in question. They will propose a method for improving the collection or use of the evidence in the case - supported by scientific reasoning.
Expert Report (Weighting 70%): Students will provide and brief of evidence in the form of an amicus curiae report. This will apply the literature from a specific area of psychological research to help resolve a legal question in dispute in the case (e.g., eyewitness evidence, confession or alibi evidence, forensic evidence).
SubmissionAll assessment tasks will be submitted and marked on-line via MyUni (Turnitin will be used as a plagiarism detection tool), quizzes will provide immediate feedback on the content from the seminars as the course progresses.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M11 (Honours Mark Scheme) Grade Grade reflects following criteria for allocation of grade Reported on Official Transcript Fail A mark between 1-49 F Third Class A mark between 50-59 3 Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A First Class A mark between 80-100 1 Result Pending An interim result RP Continuing Continuing CN
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