Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.
This module provides a comprehensive exploration of psychology as applied to the investigation stage of a crime and throughout the legal process. It exposes students to the major theoretical formulations and models applicable to the investigative processes, such as investigative interviewing, eyewitness testimony, and the assessment of the truth. It discusses difficulties and controversies within this applied area, e.g. evidence regarding investigators ability to detect deception (and tools that claim to ‘measure’ deception) and issues regarding false confessions. The contribution of psychology to the legal processes of prosecution, defence and appeal are examined, in particular decision making and assessing competence. Students will attend court, and the module encompasses focused workshops such as the role of an expert in court.
A student passing this module should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an advanced and systematic understanding of psychological theory and research applicable to the investigative and legal process;
2. Understand the importance of evidence-based practice in the investigative/legal process;
3. Critically analyse the contributions made by psychological techniques to the processes of detection and investigation;
4. Appraise the relative effectiveness and validity of various psychological techniques;
5. Critically evaluate the application of psychological models and theories to legal proceedings;
6. Critically judge the role of the forensic psychologist when providing advice, guidance and evidence in the investigative/legal process and reflect on the practice of others.
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