Forensic Psychology

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Forensic Psychology

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PS 3018 Research methods in Psychology
    PS 3032 Testing and Assessment

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION: 
    A systematic examination of the applications of psychology to legal issues including criminal profiling, insanity defence, competency to stand trial, commitment to and release from mental institutions, jury selection, eyewitness testimony, expert witness testimony as well as child custody disputes.

    RATIONALE: 
    This course is expected to serve as a resource for students in their effort to attain a more in-depth understanding of how psychological expertise can be applied to problems faced by judges, attorneys, police officials, and, in general, anyone who must deal with issues related to justice. Designed primarily (but not exclusively) for psychology majors, the course examines the psychologist’s role in a number of processes related to civil, criminal, or administrative justice.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES: 
    As a result of taking this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Define the areas of testimony and expertise of forensic psychologists
    2. Critically discuss controversial professional matters such as certification and licensing of forensic experts.
    3. Discuss the basic issues pertaining to the commitment to and release from mental institutions, insanity defence, competency to stand trial, jury selection, and expert witness testimony
    4. Critically evaluate and analyse the methodology and application of criminal profiling
    5. Understand and evaluate custody disputes where the doctrine of “the best interests of the child” is being applied
    6. Compare the psychological profiles of victims and violators
    7. Compare and analyse the differences between children and adults as eyewitnesses.
    8. Synthesize their knowledge of legal doctrines and psychopathology to discuss the legal rights of offenders who present some type of psychopathology

    METHOD OF TEACHING AND LEARNING: 
    In congruence with teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    - Classes consist of lectures, discussions, in-class activities, and case study discussions. 
     Office hours
    - Use of Blackboard site