Criminology, Law and Society
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

CRIM 490: Special Topics

CRIM 490-010: Psychology and the Criminal Justice System
(Fall 2017)

01:30 PM to 04:10 PM M

Section Information for Fall 2017

This course is designed to provide undergraduate students with an overview of how psychology is applied to the criminal justice system, how case law shapes this application, and how legal decisions affect the direction of psychological research. Psychology and law is a vibrant area of research within the larger discipline of psychology. This is an interdisciplinary course for students who are interested in criminology, criminal justice, psychology, and/or legal issues. Upon completion of the course, conscientious students will have acquired an understanding of how the fields of psychology and law intersect in individual, social, and public policy domains. Students will also have acquired specific knowledge about these interactions with respect to police, eyewitness accuracy, jury decision-making, expert witness issues, competence to stand trial, criminal responsibility, child victim/witnesses, sentencing, and corrections. In addition, critical thinking skills will be enhanced.

This topic is approved to apply toward the following concentration(s):

  • Criminal Justice (CJUS)
  • Law and Society (LAWS)

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 1-3

Recent developments in the field. Notes: Topics vary. May be used to fulfill requirements for different concentrations in the BS in criminology, law, and society depending on the topic. May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 15 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lecture

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