Course Description

Course Name

Psychology 4H Single: Forensic Psychology

Session: VGSS3120

Hours & Credits

10 Scotcat Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.

Overview

Short Description

This module looks at ways that psychology can contribute to the legal system, informing the evidence process, witnessing and the courts

Assessment

Examination 70%
Coursework 30%
Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This module looks at ways that psychology can contribute to the legal system, informing the evidence process, witnessing and the courts.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to :
- Explain psychological profiling from the contrasting UK and USA perspectives
- Explain geographic profiling as a strategic information management system employed to support serial violent crime investigation, examining both quantitative (objective) scientific geographic techniques and qualitative(subjective) components e.g. a reconstruction and interpretation of the offender's mental map
- Describe the contribution of psychology to the detection of deception in the legal process including a wide variety of approaches adopted historically and currently

*Course content subject to change