COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


Course Name
Forensic Psychology
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSY 320
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
6
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The major goal of this course is to provide a broad overview of the field of forensic psychology and the application of psychology within the legal and criminal justice systems. The knowledge and practice of forensic psychology, legal contexts in which psychologists work, the roles and functions of forensic psychologists within the justice system and how the justice system is organised in our country will be discussed. Particular emphasis will be on applied aspects of the field.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Describe the field of forensic psychology and the specific application areas of psychology in the legal system.
  • Understand what the forensic psychologist’s role and responsibilities are in different legal settings and contexts.
  • Define criminal behavior, and juvenile delinquency including social and developmental pathways and theories that may explain crime.
  • Discuss the causes of violent behavior.
  • Learn about the psychology of sexual assault to include date rape, pedophilia, and juvenile sex offenders.
Course Content This course promotes an understanding of the relationship between psychology and law by showing how psychological research and theory can inform the legal process. Topics include crime and delinquency, violence and intimidation, social risk factors, victims of crime, correctional psychology, court structure, obtaining information from child witnesses and ethical issues. Preparation of reports for court and other forensic settings will also be examined. Students will be introduced to the application of theory and research to real world issues and practice.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
X
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction to Forensic Psychology and Overview of and the Legal System Bartol, C.R., & Bartol, A.M. (2012). Introduction to Forensic Psychology Research and Application (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (Selected sections: Chapter 1)
2 Consulting with Juvenile Courts I Bartol, C.R., & Bartol, A.M. (2012). Introduction to Forensic Psychology Research and Application (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks,CA : Sage. (Selected sections: Chapter 5)
3 Consulting with Juvenile Courts II Bartol, C.R., & Bartol, A.M. (2012). Introduction to Forensic Psychology Research and Application (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (Selected sections: Chapter 6)
4 The development of delinquent and criminal behavior Bartol, C.R., & Bartol, A.M. (2012). Introduction to Forensic Psychology Research and Application (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (Selected sections: Chapter 7)
5 Consulting with Criminal Courts Bartol, C.R., & Bartol, A.M. (2012). Introduction to Forensic Psychology Research and Application (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (Selected sections: Chapter 6)
6 Victims of Crime Bartol, C.R., & Bartol, A.M. (2012). Introduction to Forensic Psychology Research and Application (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.. (Selected sections: Chapter 10)
7 Midterm
8 Consulting with Family Courts I Bartol, C.R., & Bartol, A.M. (2012). Introduction to Forensic Psychology Research and Application (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (Selected sections: Chapter 6)
9 Consulting with Family Courts II Bartol, C.R., & Bartol, A.M. (2012). Introduction to Forensic Psychology Research and Application (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (Selected sections: Chapter 9)
10 Family Violence, Abuse and Victimization Bartol, C.R., & Bartol, A.M. (2012). Introduction to Forensic Psychology Research and Application (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.. (Selected sections: Chapter 10)
11 Psychology of violence Bartol, C.R., & Bartol, A.M. (2012). Introduction to Forensic Psychology Research and Application (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (Selected sections: Chapter 11)
12 Psychology of Sexual Assault Bartol, C.R., & Bartol, A.M. (2012). Introduction to Forensic Psychology Research and Application (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (Selected sections: Chapter 12)
13 Correctional Psychology in Adult Settings and Juvenile Corrections Bartol, C.R., & Bartol, A.M. (2012). Introduction to Forensic Psychology Research and Application (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (Selected sections: Chapter 13)
14 Police Psychology Bartol, C.R., & Bartol, A.M. (2012). Introduction to Forensic Psychology Research and Application (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (Selected sections: Chapter 2 and 3)
15 Final Exam
16 Review of the Semester
Course Textbooks Book chapters outlined above, recent articles holding current scientific enquiries in forensic psychology, and .ppt presentations. Also; Bartol, C.R., & Bartol, A.M. (2008) (Eds.). Current Perspectives in Forensic Psychology and Criminal Behavior. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Fulero, S. M., & Wrightsman, L.S., (2009). Forensic Psychology (3rd ed.). Wadsworth: Thomson Learning Inc. Canter, D. (2011). Suç Psikolojisi. Ankara: İmge Kitabevi.
References All of the prestigious journal that publish psychological research.

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
20
Project
1
50
Seminar / Workshop
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
30
Final / Oral Exam
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
2
50
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
1
50
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
2
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
10
Project
1
30
Seminar / Workshop
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
20
Final / Oral Exam
    Total
140

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to assess psychological concepts and perspectives, interpret and evaluate data using scientific methods X
2 To be able to develop a curiosity and interest towards the mind and its phenomena, to possess a sense of critical and scientific reflexion and ability to analyze new information. X
3 Ability to make use of theoretical and applied knowledge in local and global levels. X
4 To have a basic knowledge of other disciplines that can contribute to psychology and to be able to make use of this knowledge X
5 To possess and value societal, scientific and ethical principles in collecting, interpreting and publishing psychological data X
6 To have knowledge of how psychology is positioned as a scientific discipline from a historical perspective, and to know with what methods it views behavioural and mental processes X
7 To be able to distinguish between the emphases of fundamental theories and perspectives of psychology (behavioural, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, social, developmental, humanistic, psychodynamic and sociocultural) and compare and express their differences and similarities, contributions and limitations X
8 The competence to share psychological knowledge based and qualitative and quantitative data with experts and lay people, using effective communication skills X
9 To have the awareness of interpersonal and societal problems and phenomena and adopt this awareness in psychological problems and researches. X
10 Competence to make use of applied and theoretical psychological knowledge to make contributions to industrial development and provide solutions to problems X
11 To possess essential knowledge of techniques and instrumentation for psychological measurement and evaluation X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

 

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