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.
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