Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies

Forensic Psychology

Forensic psychology lies at the interface of the legal and mental health systems. The course reviews principles of psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis, legal terminology, the court system, and constitutional amendments. Specific issues include competency (to stand trial, to waive rights, to represent oneself, to be sentenced and to be executed); legal insanity; mental status at the time of an offense; sentencing and alternatives to incarceration; and treatment and services available to special criminal justice populations. The class also examines juvenile delinquency, sexual offenders, and aspects of family law and civil forensics such as child custody, competence for making a will, and refusing medication. Course readings and case summaries may be supplemented by guest lectures and visits to courts to provide first-hand exposure to the operation of the legal system.
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