Psychology | The Law and Psychology of Crime, Culpabillity, and Punishment
P657 | 24647 | Sherman, J and Hoffman J


Course number: P657

Title: The Law and Psychology of Crime, Culpability, and Punishment

Taught by:  Professors Joseph Hoffmann of the Law School and Jim
Sherman of the Psychology Department

Course Description:  The main goal of the course is to investigate
how psychology can inform the law, especially regarding the
assumptions made by the law regarding punishment and culpability.
Thus, the course deals with what is called "social analytic
jurisprudence."  It involves an analysis of legal decisions and
processes in terms of what the field of psychology knows about human
behavior.  Each week in the course, students will read real criminal
cases and the legal decisions of those cases.  They will also read a
couple of psychology papers that have some relevance for those legal
cases.  We will see why the doctrines of criminal law have developed
as they have, and whether the perceptions of lawyers, judges, and
legal scholars are correct given what psychology has learned about
human emotion, attitudes, and behavior.