Lecture 1 Tuesday, January 4, 2011
- We’ll talk about the legal system – forensic component
- A lot of legal jargon (ask what it means)
- The content is very broad, might go over it too quickly in class
- E-mail via WebCT
- Announcements, review sessions, article assignment, marks, etc. are all on
- Best way to succeed: download the slides first, then watch the class and fill in the
- E-mail the TAs to set up a meeting time. They’ll hold office hours right after the
- During very busy times (just before the midterm), don’t ask stupid questions.
- Police investigations: police psychology, interrogations
- Psychological and geographical profiling *guest lecture
- Deception and polygraph *malingering of mental disorder guest lecture
- Eyewitness testimony: how to conduct police line ups to increase accuracy, the
- Juries: decision making
- Mental health issues: role mental health plays in specific legislation
- Assessment of risk for violence: parole board deciding whether to release criminal
*guest lecture- area of desistance (why people stop committing crime)
- Female offenders *guest lecture
- Homicide offenders
- Psychopathy *Adelle Forth’s area of specialization (last two lectures)
- Child witnesses and victims (prevalence of child abuse) –the content could touch
on upsetting topics.
- Could leave empty blanks in slides. Fill them in.
- Third edition of textbook coming in February
o We’re using the second edition this year
o Two copies on reserve in the library
- Study guide summarizes what’s in the textbook and gives 20 multiple choice
- A lot of empirical research covered in textbook
o When we cover studies in class, we definitely have to know it
o If we don’t cover it in class, but there’s lots of info/figures/tables in
textbook, study that.
o Don’t need to study the replications of studies
- There are also lots of legal cases. Know the ones mentioned in class. If they’re not
mentioned in class, don’t worry about them.
- Midterm: weeks 1-5 (including guest lectures)
- Slightly more information covered in final exam - **Article summary is new. 10%. It’s because psychology students usually only
have to do multiple choice exams. Big shift to write 30 page papers for third-year
o Articles released January 17—due March 4
o Read article and component of textbook that relates to that topic, write a 3-
5 page paper.
o Reading empirical literature is important.
- Quizzes—best 3 out of 4- 15%
o Read the chapters relevant, 20 multiple choice, have a week to do each.
- Bonus assignments—0.5 each up to a maximum of 2 points
o First one goes through course outline- can do it now
o Not marked—just do it for the bonus marks.
o Will bring the results to class.
- Strict cutoffs. 79.75% does not scale up to 80%.
- Article summary this year, instead of short answer.
- Make-up midterms February 17 and 19. Notify Kendra within 24 hours in case of
- 2 Canadian universities have big forensic programs: Simon Fraser and Carleton
o 6 faculty
o Shelley Brown: gender and criminal behaviour
o Kevin: sex offenders—aggression
o Craig: co-author, teaching the other section. Police psychology- policing,
use of force, validity of geographical profiling
o *5 floor of Loeb—chat with faculty
o Joanna Pozzulo: senior author of textbook, director of
Criminology/Criminal Justice Program. Eyewitness testimony and police
o Adelle Forth: our professor
o Ralph Seron: Criminal Behaviour course. Risk assessment and desistance
—works with Caleb (guest lecturer)
- Study groups, chapter summaries, practice questions, etc. on discussion board
o It w