PSYCHOL 4312 - Forensic and Correctional Psychology
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 4312 Course Forensic and Correctional Psychology Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 2 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available to B.Psychological Science (Honours) and B. Psychology (Advanced) (Honours) students only Course Description Learn about the ways psychology is applied to the assessment of and intervention with individuals in the criminal justice system. Using research findings, psychological theory and case examples, this course will explore the use of psychological literature regarding criminal offending and risk assessment to address adjudicative and management questions. It will also explore major approaches and controversies regarding the rehabilitation of convicted offenders.
Course Coordinator: Dr Michael ProeveSchool of Psychology Office: email@example.com; ph +61 8313 5693
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1.Describe the roles and tasks of psychologists in the legal system in court, correctional and forensic mental health settings.
2. Explore presentation of psychological disorders in context of criminal offending.
3. Communicate the conceptual and psychometric strengths and limitations of psychological research related to risk assessment and offender rehabilitation.
4. Describe conceptual limitations of risk assessment and offender rehabilitation approaches for Indigenous people and innovations to address these limitations.
5. Building on foundational competencies, analyse and synthesise psychological theory and research findings concerning selected types of criminal offending.
6. Apply psychological intervention strategies, risk assessment strategies, and alternative approaches to offender rehabilitation in specific cases.
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
2, 3, 5, 6
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
1, 3, 6
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
1, 3, 5, 6
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Required ResourcesStudents will be provided with curated required reaidngs via MyUni
Recommended ResourcesLearning resources, including core readings, supplementary readings, and other resources, published on MyUni.
Online LearningThis course may use MyUni for one or more of the following:
- Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
- Submission of summative assessment
- Access to additional readings adn internet resources
- Self-directed learning activities
- Assessment preparation materials
Link to MyUni: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesFace-to-face interactive seminars, complemented with reading, reflection, and on-line resources.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Seminars: 6 x 2 hours - 12 hours
Online open book short answer test: 25 hours
Case Based review: 50 hours
Practice case review: 5 hours
Independent reading and research: 58 hours
Learning Activities SummaryWeek 1 Forensic and Correctional Psychology; Psychology of Offending 1
Week 2 Psychology of Offending 2
Week 3 Forensic Psychology in the Courtroom
Week 4 Actuarial and Structured Clinical Risk Assessment
Week 5 Offender Rehabilitation 1: Risk, Need, Responsivity Model
Week 6 Offender Rehabilitaiton 2: Desistance and Strength-Based Approaches
Specific Course RequirementsNot 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 SummaryAssessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed
Practice case review Formative 0% 2, 4, 5, 6
Online open book test Summative 30% 1, 2, 5
Case Based Review Summative 70% 2, 4, 5, 6
Practice Case Review (Formative): Students will apply theories of criminal offending to two case
studies, as preparation for Case Based Review.
Online open book short answer test (Weighting 30%): Students will complete a short-answer exam at mid-semester.
Case Based Review (Weighting 70%): Students will apply theories of criminal offending, risk assessment approaches, and offender rehabilitation strategies to a specific example of criminal offending.
SubmissionAssignments are required to be submitted online by the specified dates.The School of Psychology undertakes to adhere to the University’s Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, Procedure 6a, which requires that assessments are returned within 4 weeks of the deadlines for submission.
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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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