Forensic Psychology [CRN 29378]

Discipline: Psychology
Instructor: Zapf
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1400
End: 1520
Field Work: Day 6 | March 23, 2018 | South Africa
Prerequisites: One (1) general psychology course Download Syllabus

This course presents an overview of forensic psychology—the application of psychological theory and research to legal questions and problems—from a comparative cultural perspective. We discuss the psychology of crime and criminal behavior and the impact of culture on crime and punishment. Theories of deviance are discussed and the root causes of violent and non-violent criminal behavior are considered within the context of society and culture. A broad survey of forensic topics are considered, including: civil and criminal applications of the law; forensic assessment in criminal and civil domains; forensic treatment; eyewitness identification; police investigations, interrogations, and confessions; jury and legal decision making; juveniles in the legal system; police psychology; correctional psychology; and policy, ethics, and professional issues. Cultural comparisons are considered within each of these topic areas, with a focus on the ways in which culture influences the conceptualization, evaluation, measurement, and treatment of forensic issues around the world.

Field Work

Country: South Africa
Day: 6
Date: March 23, 2018

On this field class we will get a chance to visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for nearly two decades, and get a chance to speak with others who were imprisoned on this famous island. We will also visit the Distract Six Museum and learn more about politics, slavery, and marginalization in South Africa. We will have the opportunity to reflect on and discuss the various ways in which the criminal justice system works in South Africa and to compare this system to others around the world.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn about the history of Robben Island and its most famous political prisoners
2. Learn about the history of apartheid and its impact on South Africa and Cape Town
3. Compare the system of criminal justice in South Africa with that of other countries