Psychology and Law
Full course description
Focuses on the psychological aspects of criminal law, such as the reliability of testimonies. Special attention is paid to the ways criminal evidence is gathered and interpreted by law enforcement officials, public prosecutors, lawyers and judges from a legal psychology perspective.
At the end of the course the student is able:
- to understand legal psychological concepts and insigths and explain these in their own words;
- to correctly discuss and illustrate legal psychological concepts and inisghts;
- to identify the most important risk in a specific case;
- to analyse a specific case from legal psychological insights with a view to develop an own judgment and to formulate recommendations.
- Lassiter & Meissner (2010). Police interrogations and false confessions: Current research, practice, and policy recommendations. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
- Toglia, Read, Ross, & Lindsay (Eds.), (2007). Handbook of eyewitness psychology: Volume I: Memory for events. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum Associates.
- Lindsay, Ross, Read, & Toglia (Eds.), (2007). Handbook of eyewitness psychology: Volume II: Memory for people. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum Associates.