CJS 371

Psychology and the Criminal Justice System

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 18, 2018 – May 7, 2019

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course is an interdisciplinary study of psychology in the criminal justice system. Students will focus on the application of psychological theories (e.g., developmental, neuropsychological, and social learning approaches) to criminal behavior, as well as the influence of psychological principles on law enforcement, court processes and corrections. Some topics may include forensic psychology, race and policing, wrongful convictions, jury decision making and effective interventions in corrections.

Learning outcomes

General

  • Ability to describe and apply psychological theories to crime causation and the criminal justice system.
  • Develop an awareness of the current state of scientific literature in psychology and the criminal justice system.
  • Refine writing and critical thinking skills in the context of analyzing the appropriateness of psychological research and methods in various arenas of psychology and the criminal justice system.
  • Recognize common myths and misperceptions about psychology and the criminal justice system.
  • Become familiar with the wide range of psychologists roles in the criminal justice system.
  • Identify and evaluate the different affective, behavioral and cognitive processes of criminal behavior.