PSY801 - Forensic Psychology

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Last revision date 2017-11-07 12:58:49.721
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Subject Title
Forensic Psychology

Subject Description
This course is designed for those interested in understanding or pursuing a career in forensic/correctional psychology. It covers areas related to Criminal Psychology, Police Psychology, Victimology and Victim Services, Psychology and the courts and Correctional Psychology.

Credit Status
One General Education Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Define what forensic psychology is and the relevant areas of work.
2. Understand the ways in which psychology and the law intersect.
3. Identify the Psychological Applications within the Criminal Justice System.
4. Discuss assessment and treatment issues as they pertain to various types of offenders.
5. Gain exposure to the environment of a prison setting.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

Discrimination/Harassment
All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Prerequisite(s)
Corequisite: EAC149 or equivalent.

Topic Outline

  • Introduction to what is Forensic Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology and the Law
  • Introduction to the Canadian Legal System
  • Fitness to Stand Trial and Criminal Responsibility in Canada
  • Civil Commitment and Competence
  • Sentencing, Parole and Psychology
  • Assessment and Treatment of Offenders: General Considerations
  • Assessment and Treatment of Offenders: Specific Populations
  • Psychopathy
  • Violence and Risk Assessment
  • The Jury: Selecting Twelve Impartial Peers and Deciding Guilt and Innocence
  • Psychology and the Law: Looking towards the Future

Mode of Instruction

Online: All class work is completed in a fully online environment. Students do not attend any classes on campus; however, the final exam must be written in-person at the Test Centre.

* Students interested in pursuing  online courses must have strong time management skills and regular access to a home or office computer with an Internet connection and web access.

Prescribed Texts
Bartol & Bartol, Introduction to Forensic Psychology, 4th edition, Sage Publications. ISBN 9781483365312

Reference Material
Students are referred to the following web site for the Seneca College Library APA Style Guide and Guide to Integrating Quotations (APA Style):
http://seneca.libguides.com/apa

Required Supplies
None.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
OR
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.


Modes of Evaluation

To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified and achieve an overall grade of 50% or higher. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.

Term work:
All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final exam or last class.  Students must contact faculty in advance of the assignment due date to discuss the possibility of an extension.  Late assignments may be subject to the awarding of a penalty resulting in a lower grade assigned. 
Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be made in advance of the scheduled due date.  If an assignment is missed due to class absence, official documentation must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class. Make-up opportunities may not apply to all graded assignments.

 

Thought Papers (12@ 3%) 36%
Discussion Comments (12  @ 3%) 36%
Final Term Paper 28%


Student Success:
Online
Please access the course every week (or more) and keep up with assigned readings. Make sure you participate in online discussions and hand in any assigned work on time. Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.

Appeals
Students should keep all assignments (including drafts and outlines and exercises) until they receive their final grade.

Students may appeal any final grade in a subject or any decision by the College, following the recommendation of a Promotion Committee, with respect to the student's academic standing, continuation or status in a program, School, Faculty or the College. It is the policy of the College that a student who invokes this appeal process will be given a fair hearing. For further information on appeals, please see Section 12 of the Academic Policy Handbook. 

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood