After completion of this course the students should be able to:
- Have a thorough and profound knowledge and understanding of the value of psychological theories and perspectives in the study of law;
- Have a thorough and profound knowledge and understanding of human restrictions with regard to observations, recognitions, memory and decision-making;
- Have a thorough and profound knowledge of the challenges we face when confronting and interrogating victims and offenders;
- Discuss topical issues regarding the interplay of psychology and law;
- Critically assess the effects of various psychological theories and perspectives on legal processes;
- Critically assess the central debates around the Victim Impact Statement;
- Be able to apply psychological perspectives to the study of law.
This course will consist of 6 lectures and 1 tutorial. During the lectures, the lecturers will introduce the main issues and discussions in the field of Psychology and Law and present different experiments in which the students actively participate. The main aim of these lectures is to provide students more insight into the importance and scope of this domain and to elaborate on important topics on the basis of empirical research. The tutorial consists of an experiment, brief disquisitions by the students, followed by questions and discussion.
1. An introduction to Psychology and Law & The working of our memory: Flaws we need to reckon with
2. Miscarriages of justice & alibis
3. Tutorial 1
4. Law & emotions: About lying and perceptions of credibility
5. False accusations of sexual abuse: how to make rational choices?
6. The Victim Impact Statement: central debates & Preparation exam
7. Challenges of confronting and interrogating victims and offenders
Type of instructions
Lectures and tutorials