HPS206 - Introduction to Forensic Psychology

Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Trimester 3: CBD*, Cloud (online)

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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*CBD refers to Institute of Koorie Education – Community Based Delivery

This unit may not be included as a part of a 10 point accredited major sequence in psychology (as required for application for further study in psychology).


This unit will provide students with an introduction to Forensic Psychology. Students will be introduced to the structure of the Justice Systems in Australia, and will learn the fundamental principles involved in research and practice in the forensic context.

More specifically, the unit focuses on important practice issues that can arise in forensic psychology related work (e.g., ethical dilemmas and challenges inherent in client engagement). It examines theories and research in the area of sexual violence, family violence, substance-related offending, and family court matters, and explores the complexities associated with mental illness, disability, age, and cross-cultural issues in the forensic context.

The unit has a strong applied focus, and will present students with the introductory skills needed in the conduct of psychology-related work with forensic populations.


Assessment task 1: Narrated Presentation (10 minutes) 20%

Assessment task 2: Report (1500 words) 35%

Assessment task 3: Examination (1.5 hours) 45%

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