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C J 228 - Introduction to Forensic Psychology

5 Credits
Examination of police, court, and correctional aspects of forensic psychology by topic that include adult, juvenile, family, and civil components of forensic psychology. Further examination into timely issues or controversies that provocatively capture the significance of these relationships. Incarceration of the mentally ill, the police as mediators in prison, competency to stand trial, treatment refusal rights, police stress and suicide, and sex offender treatment are also topics of discussion.


Designed to Serve All persons interested in a career in criminal justice system and those already serving in a criminal justice capacity.
Active Date 2013-08-27

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 35
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
Course Outline
Psychology and the Legal System Theories of Crime Ethical Issues in the Legal System The Roles of Forensic Psychologists Psychology and Crime Investigation Forensic Assessment in Criminal and Civil Cases Jury Trials The Psychology of Victims and Punishment of Offenders

Student Learning Outcomes
Examine the roles of psychologists in the criminal justice system.

Discuss and report the legal, ethical, and professional issues raised by the interface between psychology and the law.

Explain criminal behavior using the various theories of crime

Identify the difficulties in dealing with and treating mentally ill offenders.

Analyze the factors involved in determining the competency and mental state of offenders.

Apply psychological concepts to the selection of juries and the trial process.

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