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PSYC434. Forensic Psychology

The American Academy of Forensic Psychology notes that "forensic psychology is the application of the science and profession of psychology to questions and issues relating to law and the legal system." Forensic psychology is a branch of Applied Psychology (APA Division 41), and therefore this course will be of value to studetns who are drawn toward practical applications of psychology. This course focuses primarily on psychology related to the criminal justice system and will only address civil proceedings peripherally. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an overview of (a) the theories that support the utilizaiton of psychology in the criminal justice system and (b) how those theories and psychological research are applied in law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. Offered in the Spring semester of odd years. 3 credit hours