NS7205: Psychology in the Legal Process

NS7205: Psychology in the Legal Process

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Psychology in the Legal Process
Module Code NS7205
Module Tutor Alexandra Sandham
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 7
Brief Description
Indicative Syllabus
  • Legal process frameworks (e.g., civil and criminal courts, language of the courts, the criminal justice process)
  • Eyewitness testimony
  • Victim/witness considerations
  • Defendant considerations
  • Vulnerable witnesses and special measures
  • The role of the expert witness
  • Juries, reasoning and models of jury decision-making
  • Sentencing
  • Psychology in the prison
  • The parole process
Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:


  1. Demonstrate an advanced and systematic understanding of psychological theory and research applicable to the legal process;
  2. Understand the importance of evidence-based practice in the legal, prison and parole processes;
  3. Critically evaluate the application of psychological models and theories to legal proceedings; 
  4. Critically judge the role of the forensic psychologist when providing advice, guidance and evidence in the legal process and reflect on the practice of others.
Learning and Teaching Activities

Scheduled Contact Hours: 48 Independent Learning Hours: 252

Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Assignment: Individual: 2000 words (Report)
002: 50% Presentation: Individual: 2000 words or equivalent (Powerpoint with voice-over)
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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