PSYCH 389 - Psychology and Law
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Enforced Prerequisites:
PSYCH 280.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Examines implications of psychological theory and methods for the law and the criminal justice system. Topics include specific legal issues (e.g., confession, eyewitness testimony, jury decision making, homicide, aggression, the prison system) and more general social debates (e.g., the death penalty, desegregation), as well as the role of psychologists in the legal system (e.g., assessing insanity and dangerousness, giving expert testimony).

Course Requirements:

Grades will be based on 3 exams and at least 1 one-page written assignment. Course readings will come from course textbook (from roughly $57 to $210, depending on vendor) plus posted articles.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduate students, although law students may find interesting.

Class Format:

The course is taught in a lecture/discussion format. Students are encouraged to participate freely in discussion, but all things in moderation.

PSYCH 389 - Psychology and Law
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Students who have not taken Psych 280 can request an override if they are a Psychology or related major, or have taken Intro Psych or a Psych breadth course (Psych 220, 230, 240, 250, 260, 270, 280, 290, or 291). Call 734-764-2580 for an override (be able to register while on the phone) or come into our office 1343 EH between M-F 8-5pm.
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ISBN: 1133956564
Wrightsman's psychology and the legal system, Author: Edie Greene, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; Kirk Heilbrun, Drexel University. Eighth edi 2014
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