PSYC 213 - Criminal and Legal Psychology
Aspects of psychology that specifically relate to police work. Applications of current research about law enforcement, juvenile behavior, and witness credibility. Special police problems, including the relation of mental illness and mental retardation to crime. PREREQUISITE(S): A grade of C or better in PSYC 102 , or consent of department. Three hours each week. Formerly PY 213.
3 semester hours
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:
- Recognize the conflicts embedded in the interaction of psychology and the law.
- Differentiate legality, morality, and justice.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the various theories of criminal behavior.
- analyze the research regarding the validity of eyewitness testimony, confessions, and lie detectors.
- Describe the basic elements in forensic assessment of competence and insanity.
- Recognize the psychological factors that influence jury selection and decision making.
- Identify the psychological factors involved in incarceration and current treatment modalities.
- Identify how forensic psychologists are utilized within the juvenile justice system.
- Describe how different cultures deal with similar justice issues.
- Analyze the role of psychology in the selection of police officers.
- Describe the relation of mental illness and mental retardation to crime.
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