Psychology 3CC3: Forensic Psychology
Course Outline, September - December. 2013
Time: Mon., Thurs. 9:30 am; Tues. 10:30 am. Instructor: Dick Day
Classroom: JHE-376 Office: Psych Bldg Room 404
Phone: 525-9140 ext. 23006
Required Text: Pozzulo, Bennell, and Forth. Forensic Psychology, 3 Edition. Pearson Education Canada
Recommended Text: Day, R. B. Forensic Psychology 3CC3 Handbook. McMaster Custom Courseware, 2012.
Course web site: http://intropsych.mcmaster.ca/psych3cc3; plus the course pages on Avenue 2 Learn
The goals of the course are to familiarize students with the nature and scope of forensic psychology, to
describe in more detail some of the specific responsibilities and activities of forensic psychologists, and to familiarize
students with the theory and empirical evidence that guide forensic psychologists in their work within the legal system.
The table below shows the topics we will cover in this course, and the order in which we will discuss them.
The specific weeks in which we will cover these topics may vary from the dates given below, depending on how deep
and active our discussion of each topic becomes. So take the dates below as approximate and subject to revision.
Week of: Topic Text Readings
Sept. 9 Introduction to Forensic Psychology Chapt. 1
Sept. 9 Chapt. 3 (pp. 56-72)
Sept. 16 Interview and Interrogation Procedures; Detecting Deception;
Sept. 23 Eyewitness Testimony Chapt. 4 (pp.90-111); Chapt. 5;
Sept. 30 Chapt. 6 (pp. 159-171
* Oct. 14 Profiling in Criminal Psychology Chapt. 3 (pp. 73-89)
Oct. 28 The Psychology of Juries Chapt. 7
Nov. 4 Assessment of Competence, Criminal Responsibility, Risk of
Nov. 11 Violence Chapt. 8; Chapter 12
* Nov. 18
Nov. 25 Psychopathy
th Chapt. 10; Chapt. 11
Dec. 2 (Classes end Wednesday, December 4 )
Exam Final Examination
Period Course Evaluation : There will be two non-cumulative in-class midterm tests, worth 30% each, and a
cumulative final exam worth 40%.
Each in-class test will consist of approximately 40 multiple-choice questions. You will have the full 50 minutes of
the class period to complete each test.
The final exam will consist of approximately 80 multiple-choice questions and will be cover all the material in
the course. You will have two hours for this test, which will take place during the December examination period