Criminal Justice-COAS | Psychology in Criminal Procedure
P680 | 26311 | 0001 Levesque, R.
Part I explores the relative merit of using psychology to
investigate and apprehend criminal suspects; topics range from
suspect identification, searching and seizing, to interrogating
suspects. Part II examines the place of psychology in determining
defendants’ guilt; issues range from whether and how to detain and
press charges, bargain and plead guilty, assemble juries, prove
guilt, provide expert testimony, and consider defendants’ mental
states, to protect witnesses. Part III investigates psychology’s
role in the law’s formulation of criminal dispositions; topics range
from sentencing those deemed criminals as well as treating and
controlling them, to terminating their lives.
Note that we will address each topic by reviewing relevant
psychological research in the area and then proceeding to analyze
Supreme Court cases addressing the issues.
After Part I and after Part II, we will devote a class session to
brief student presentations on a topic of their choice. Those
presentations will be based on independent student research relating
to a key issue at the intersection of psychology and law.
Presentations will be in two parts: Part 1 will detail the nature of
the issue and Part 2 will provide a psychological analysis. Prior to
the presentations, students will distribute a two-page (10pt font,
single space) analysis with a one page (10pt, single space)
reference section. There also will be a comprehensive final exam.
Grades will be awarded as follows (this is subject to change
depending on the number of students enrolled):
Issue Paper 1: 25 points
Issue Paper 2: 25 points
Final Exam: 30 points
Participation: 20 points
Note that the Issue Papers are meant to help students understand the
Department’s Law and Society Qualifying Exam’s format.
Note that students who have enrolled in my P360 and graduate level
Law & Society should not enroll in this course.
Class meeting: Th, 2:30-5:00
Instructor: Professor Roger Levesque, criminal justice department