Introduction to Abnormal and Forensic Psychology (proposed 2019 -2020)
Course Title: Introduction to Abnormal and Forensic Psychology
One Semester (Spring) 3 credits
Prerequisites: Psychology with a grade of C or better, 10-12
A-G: 'G' general elective (pending)
Course Initiator: Curtis Hunter
This elective course is designed for students interested in criminal justice, law enforcement, mental health/medical professions. This course builds on the basics of psychology and uses case study methods to explore the nature and history of psychological and behavioral disorders. Major topics include anxiety-related disorders, trauma- and stressor-related disorders, depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, and addictive disorders. The second part of this introductory course takes your interest in behavior and mental processes one step further as psychological concepts are applied to investigation and the law. Topics include psychology and the law, criminal profiling, the gathering of crime scene (forensic) evidence, lie detector tests, eyewitness testimony, and predicting violent behavior. Examples of the legal system in action connect how research and theory affects your comprehension of suspects, criminals, police officers, victims, lawyers, witness, judges, and jurors.
What is Criminal Profiling?
Criminal Behavioral Analysis on TV: Criminal Minds
Psych Disorders and the Death Penalty Socratic Seminar