PSYC 347
Psychology and Law Fall 2012
Division II
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This course deals with applications of basic psychology to justice and the legal system. Relevant psychological theory and research address the processes and controversies that surround scientific jury selection, jury decision-making, eyewitness testimony, child witnesses in abuse cases, forensic hypnosis, lie-detector tests, police interrogations, false confessions, the insanity defense, the role of psychologists as trial consultants and expert witnesses, and the role of confirmation biases in all phases. Readings and discussions are animated by observations from real cases, demonstrations, and lab simulations.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 30
Expected: 30
Class#: 1272
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two hour exams and class participation
Prerequisites: Psychology 242
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: PSYC Area 4 - Social Psychology

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