Introduction to Forensic Psychology

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Griffith University
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About this unit

Designed as an introductory look into the complex field of forensic psychology, this online unit from Open Universities Australia in partnership with Griffith University, examines the various domains of expertise that forensic psychologists are required to call upon.

Introduction to Forensic Psychology covers a broad range of topics, from eyewitness testimony and false allegations through to offender profiling and jury decision-making. The unit examines the various ways in which psychologists interact with the criminal justice system, and aims to highlight the use and impact of psychology assessments on court proceedings, police operations and prisons.

By addressing the various theories of crime, and the psychological behaviour of offenders, the unit attempts to highlight the way in which these assessments can be both useful and limiting to the criminal justice system.

Such knowledge would prove useful to psychologists looking to specialise in criminology, but would also be helpful to any professionals who work within, or have regular contact with, the criminal justice system.

Eligibility

Anyone can apply, however you should ensure that you have not already completed the following unit, as it is considered academically equivalent:

  • Forensic Psychology

Areas of study

In this forensic psychology unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction to forensic psychology
  • Crime in context
  • Theories of crime
  • Juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice
  • Violent offenders
  • Sexual offenders
  • Eyewitness testimony
  • Profiling
  • False allegations and confessions
  • Mental health law and offending
  • Juries and decision making
  • Assessment of risk, dangerousness and recidivism

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit is ideally suited to psychologists interested in specialising in the field of criminology and the criminal justice system, and will provide professionals with greater insight into the various ways in which psychologists interact with the legal system.

By learning how to articulate the tensions that exist between psychology and the law, you’ll walk away from this unit with a greater appreciation for the importance and limitations of psychological research, and its application to the legal process.

Such skills will prove useful to any individuals looking to harness an understanding of human psychology in order to better predict human behaviour within the criminal justice system.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Introduction to Forensic Psychology from Griffith University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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