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FPY 262 Forensic Psychology

This course will explore the application of psychology to the civil and criminal legal systems. Key topics will be covered that span the breadth of the criminal justice system from commission of the crime (e.g. eyewitnesses), the investigation (e.g. interrogations), pretrial matters (e.g. voir dire, competency to stand trial), the trial (e.g. jury decision making, insanity defense), and sentencing (e.g. judicial use of extralegal factors). Psychological theories will be utilized to explain and understand the way people function in the legal system.