Criminal Justice-coas | Psychology and the Law
P360 | 1484 | Levesque


This course examines intersections between criminal legal processes and
psychology.  The course is divided into two parts.  Part I examines the
place of psychology in the criminal justice system by focusing on the
judicial system's use of psychological evidence and the role of
psychologists in the courts.  The section serves to familiarize students
with the nature of both psychology and law as well as how they intersect.
Part II surveys the use of psychology throughout the criminal justice
system, ranging from investigation to punishment and containment.
Throughout, the course examines the nature of numerous crimes and responses
to those crimes to appreciate the role of psychology in legal processes.
Grading Scheme:     Two Exams 200 points
Assignments    100 points (will
take the best 5)
Participation  up to 10 points
over final grade
Attendance     may lower your
grade if more than 3 classes are missed
Required Texts:     L. Wrightsman et al. (1998).
Psychology and the Legal System (4th ed.).                     (at
bookstores)
Reading Packet (at T.I.S.)
Class Meeting: One 150-minute lecture each week (T,
4:00-6:30P, JH 239)

Instructor:         Professor Roger Levesque, Criminal
Justice Department