Practical Training: Legal Psychology in Action
Full course description
Psychology and Law in Action offers students the opportunity to become familiar with the practical aspect of psychology and law. Students will acquire hands-on experience with the administration of instruments frequently used by experts in the legal field, including use of tools to measure suggestibility and malingering. Furthermore, lectures will be given by professionals working in the legal field. The basics of criminal proceedings in court will be outlined with an accompanying visit to a court hearing. In addition, field trips to different legal settings will be organised (e.g., forensic institution, jail). Students will spend a substantial amount of time in administrating tests and on reading relevant literature. At the end of the practical training, students are expected to act as an expert witness in a mock criminal law case and must submit a written expert witness report.
At the end of this course students:
- can administer, interpret, and explain psychodiagnostic assessments applicable to the legal psychology field;
- can generate, interpret and summarize assessment findings in a research/case report;
- can generate, check and criticize expert witness reports; Understand court proceedings;
- have an idea about legal psychology working areas.