Catalogue of Modules, University of Nottingham

C84F04 Legal Psychology: Policing and Criminal Justice
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Doctorate in Forensic Psychology, MSc by Research in Criminological Psychology

Taught Semesters:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  An overview of the application of psychology to the legal and criminal justice system.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 7 weeks1 per week6 hours
Lecture 7 weeks1 per week2 hours 30 mins

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 100 3,000 word max. court report 

Dr R Tully

Education Aims:  This module aims for the students to develop understanding of the role of psychology in the criminal justice system, police investigations and the court room.

Learning Outcomes:  

An understanding of the workings of the Criminal Justice System.

An understanding and be aware of the role of different agencies and able to identify major decision points in the system.

A critical understanding of the major debates regarding fairness and justice.

An understanding and knowledge of current policing, prosecution and sentencing practice.

Intellectual skills:
Analyse and interpret evidence relevant to psychology in the criminal justice system and investigations.

Practical/professional skills:
Oral and written communication and presentation.

Transferable skills:
Communicate effectively in writing.

Retrieve information from databases and the Internet.

Reflect upon and assess their own progress, strengths and weaknesses.

Problem-solve in relation to problems in therapy.

Offering School:  Medicine

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