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HPS934 - Psychology and the Law

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Don Thomson





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 1.5 hour class and 1 x 1.5 hour seminar per week


The unit provides postgraduate psychology students with an applied and theoretical understanding of the justice system and the range of psychological issues that arise within it. Topics include: theories of offending, offender profiling, risk assessment and the sentencing process, fitness to stand trial, psychological legal defences, reliability of eyewitness evidence, psychological issues regarding policing, best interest of the child in family law and child protection and psychological injury in civil litigation. Students will be familiar with extant tensions between the disciplines of psychology and law, the ways these emerge and are reconciled, and the processing sites where psychological input is utilised. In addition, students will gain knowledge in the skills required to play a meaningful role as forensic practitioners in the criminal justice system.


Assessment task 1: Examination (2 hours) 60%

Assessment task 2: Essay (3000 words) 40%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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