Sep 22, 2023  
2021-22 Catalog 
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C J 228 - Introduction to Forensic Psychology

5 Credits
This course examines the interface between psychology and the Criminal Justice system. Topics include eyewitness memory, jury decision making, competency to stand trial, and incarcarcertation of the mentally ill. 


Quarters Typically Offered
Summer Online
Winter Day
Designed to Serve All students interested in a career in the criminal justice system.
Active Date 20210403T10:07:56

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 35
Contact Hours: Lecture 55
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
ProfTech Course Yes
Restricted Elective Yes
Course Outline
  • Psychology and the Legal System
  • Professional and ethical concerns
  • The Roles of Forensic Psychologists
  • Psychology and Crime Investigation
  • Forensic Assessment in Criminal and Civil Cases
  • Jury Trials
  • Pscyhology and Corrections

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

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

Discuss how different types of bias affect law enforcement, court procedures, and corrections.

Develop recommendations grounded in psychological research for how to improve key components of the Criminal Justice system.

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