PSYC 349
Psychology and Law Spring 2019 (also offered Fall 2018)
Division II
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This course examines the legal system in light of psychological research findings, Supreme Court rulings, wrongful conviction cases and illustrative crimes. The law’s informal theories of human behavior will be compared to what psychologists know on the basis of theories and research regarding such topics as Miranda, lie detection, police interrogation, false confessions, eyewitness identification, repressed and recovered memories, forensic evidence, and juries. The course will also explore the psychological mechanisms underlying legal decisions, and demonstrate how psychological findings can contribute to legal system reform.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 18
Expected: 18
Class#: 3929
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: exams, a series of papers
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: PSYC 201 and PSYC 242 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Psychology majors
Unit Notes: either PSYC 347 or PSYC 349 may be taken for credit, but not both
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: PSYC Area 4 - Social Psychology

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