PSY457 Forensic Psychology

Lead Faculty: Dr. Nicole Polen-Petit

Course Description

Survey of the application of psychological knowledge or methods to a task faced by the legal system. General areas to be covered include, but are not limited to, eyewitness testimony, trial consultation and syndrome evidence.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the major branches and functions of the legal system.
  • Identify the different areas of forensic psychology.
  • Describe the different roles that forensic psychologists play in pretrial, trial, and appellate decisions.
  • Evaluate syndrome evidence and the controversies surrounding the use of such evidence.
  • Compare and contrast eyewitness identification procedures.
  • Discuss the roles of psychologists in cases of child sexual abuse.
  • Illustrate the ways in which psychology contributes to our understanding of discrimination.