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This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of forensic psychology, including the potential role of Psychology graduates in the criminal justice system. There will be a particular emphasis on the contribution that psychological inquiry and practice can make in efforts to:
- Understand the causes of antisocial behavior, including developmental processes
- Develop and evaluate effective psychological interventions for antisocial behaviour
- Predict who is likely to reoffend
- Detect and investigate crime
- Understand the "process" or "cycle" of offending in the lives of repeat offenders
There is a laboratory component that will give you an understanding of how the theoretical components of the course are applied in real-world settings. Some of these labs will be delivered by guest lecturers working on the "frontline" of these efforts to reduce the harm cause by antisocial behaviour in New Zealand.
On successfully passing this course, students will be able to:1. Demonstrate their understanding of modern psychological theories about the aetiology of offending, both in general and for specific types of offending, and from different worldviews.2. Demonstrate their understanding of psychological and cultural factors and processes that impact on criminal investigations and trials.3. Compare and contrast the effectiveness of different approaches and models for offending prevention and rehabilitation, including kaupapa Māori models of prevention and rehabilitation.4. Identify the factors that influence the appropriate collection and use of forensic-related data in research and practice, and the moral and cultural considerations involving the use of such data.
PSYC206 or 60 points at 200 level from Schedules C or E of the Bachelor of Criminal Justice.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Bonta, James , Andrews, D. A., Andrews, D. A;
The psychology of criminal conduct
Introduction to forensic and criminal psychology
Pearson Education Limited, 2018.
There are no required textbooks for this course. Assigned readings for lectures/tutorials will be provided online via LEARN.
Domestic fee $916.00
International fee $4,750.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing