Psychology 405

PSYC 405: Forensic Psychology

Prerequisite: PSYC 121

Credit Hours: (3)

Course provides a survey of the forensic psychology areas. Topics will include aggression, serial killers, jury psychology, eyewitness testimony, detecting deception, insanity plea, hostage negotiation, and critical incident counseling.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

1. Careers in forensic psychology
2. Understanding aggression
3. Serial killers and other multiple murderers
4. Eyewitness testimony
5. Interviewing victims and witnesses
6. Courtroom psychology
7. The insanity plea
8. Detecting malingering and dissimulation
9. Detecting deception
10. Critical incident counseling
11. Crisis negotiations


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Course will include formal lecture, discussion, student discussion, and hands-on projects.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of the theory and application of forensic psychology.


Assessment Measures

Graded assignments may include in-class tests, a final examination, the assignment and presentation of exercises and projects, and class preparation and participation.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

March 1994 Updated and put Dr. Alastair V. E. Harris in new format

Revised: January 6, 2005