UT Arlington PSYC 3308 - Course Syllabus (5 pages)

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Psyc 3308 - FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY

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Course Syllabus Psyc 3308 001 Forensic Psychology Instructor Kevin Murch Ph D Office Life Science Room 426 Phone 214 995 8235 Email kevmurch gmail com Office Hours Wed 9 10AM and by appointment Course Number Section Number and Course Title Psychology 3308 001 Forensic Psychology Time and Place of Class Meetings MWF 10 10 50AM Life Science 100 Required Textbooks and Other Course Materials Bartol C R Bartol A M 2008 Introduction to Forensic Psychology Research and Application Thousand Oaks CA Sage Description of Course This course examines the legal system s basic assumptions and procedures in light of social scientific evidence pertaining to human behavior relevant to the rights of defendants victims children and mental patients including areas of clinical psychology in which psychologists act as expert witnesses and consultants Student Learning Outcomes By the end of this course students should be able to Contrast the perspectives of psychology and law Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles and systems of American jurisprudence i e how laws are made the organization of state and federal courts and the basics of civil and criminal court procedures Demonstrate understanding of psychological research on relevant legal topics e g assessment of risk among criminal offenders etc Appreciate the unique ethical issues involved with the practice of forensic psychology Appreciate the potential benefits and limitations of psychological knowledge applied to assist law enforcement personnel Describe the different types of forensic psychological evaluations and the procedures used by psychologists to obtain information that forms the basis of their opinions Appreciate the challenges facing psychologists who work in corrections and Understand the various career opportunities in forensic psychology and the training each requires 1 Course Requirements 1 Evaluation Reports 200 points During the course of the semester the class will conduct two forensic psychological assessments



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