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Psychology and Law (LLB389)

School School of Law
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description The unit explores the similarities and differences between the disciplines of psychology and law. After comparing the premise of the two disciplines, the unit goes on to explore ways in which law can benefit from psychology and an understanding of psychological processes. Topics are covered from both a theoretical and applied perspective. A broad range of topics will be covered, including policing, investigation, juries, mental illness and family law issues.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Define the interdisciplinary field of psychology & law
2. Critique the reliance on human memory for legal decision making
3. Apply interviewing techniques to obtain reliable and valid information
4. Explain the difficulties involved in dealing with mental disordered individuals
5. Synthesise psychological and legal materials to formulate effective arguments
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Seminars provide students with an opportunity to explore the intersections of theory and application for each of the topics covered in the unit.
Assessment Students will complete a substantial written assessment and complete group oral presentations.
Prerequisites Successful completion of all Part 1 units in the LLB
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed LAW309/CRM309/CRM389 Psychology and Law may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Law (LLB); (LLB(Hons)) [New in 2014]
Law + Arts [Combined] (LLB)+(BA)
Law + Arts [Combined] (LLB)+(BA) [New in 2014]
Law + Business [Combined] (LLB)+(BBus)
Law + Business [Combined] (LLB)+(BBus) [New in 2014]
Law + Commerce [Combined] (LLB)+(BCom)
Law + Communication [Combined] (BCommun)+(LLB)
Law + Criminology [Combined] (BCrim)+(LLB) [New in 2018]
Law + Global Security [Combined] (LLB)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Law + International Business [Combined] (LLB)+(BIB)
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BA) [New in 2018]
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc)
Law + Science [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc) [New in 2014]
Law - Graduate Entry (LLB) [New in 2017]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.
Psychology and Law (CRM389) - as for LLB389 except as follows
School School of Law
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit explores the similarities and differences between the disciplines of psychology and law. After comparing the premises of the two disciplines, the unit goes on to explore ways in which law can benefit from psychology and an understanding of psychological processes. Topics are covered from both a theoretical and applied perspective. The unit covers topics including interviewing, interrogations, false confessions, juries, and expert and eyewitness testimony. Students are encouraged to become critical consumers of law and its underlying premises.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Define the interdisciplinary field of psychology & law
2. Critique the reliance on human memory for legal decision making
3. Apply interviewing techniques to obtain reliable and valid information
4. Explain the difficulties involved in dealing with mental disordered individuals
5. Synthesise psychological and legal materials to formulate effective arguments
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Seminars provide students with an opportunity to explore the intersection of theory and application for each of the topics covered in the unit
Assessment Students will complete a substantial written assessment and complete group oral presentations.
Prerequisites Successful completion of CRM100 Introduction to Criminology.
Exclusions Students who have completed CRM309 / LAW309 / LLB389 Psychology and Law may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Criminology
Bachelor of Criminology (BCrim) [New in 2018]
Crime Science (BCrim) [New in 2018]
Criminal Behaviour (BCrim) [New in 2018]
Criminology + Communication [Combined] (BCrim)+(BCommun)
Criminology + Forensic Biology and Toxicology [Combined] (BCrim)+(BSc)
Criminology + Global Security [Combined] (BCrim)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Criminology + Psychology [Combined] (BCrim)+(BA) [New in 2018]
Law + Criminology [Combined] (BCrim)+(LLB) [New in 2018]
Legal Studies (BCrim) [New in 2018]
White Collar and Corporate Crime (BCrim)
Appears in these Minors Criminological Psychology
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Contacts

Unit Coordinator
LLB389
Dr Jaimie Zander
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2900
e: J.Zander@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.1.019 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
CRM389
Dr Jaimie Zander
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2900
e: J.Zander@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.1.019 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
LLB389

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Jaimie Zander
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2900
e: J.Zander@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.1.019 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
CRM389

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Jaimie Zander
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2900
e: J.Zander@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.1.019 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
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