Advanced Topics in Forensic Psychology

FOR30001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • On Semester or equivalent
    This unit will be delivered on-line in Semester 2 2020. 

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

2020 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

3 Aug 20 - 1 Nov 20

8 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
16 Aug 20

31 Aug 20


FOR10001 - Introduction to Forensic Psychology

Aims and objectives

This unit builds on students’ knowledge of forensic psychology gained from earlier units in the course. The focus is on understanding the impact of crime on victims, the personality factors which affect criminal behaviour, the process of criminal profiling and the correction and treatment alternatives available within the criminal justice system.
Learning objectives
After successfully completing this unit you should be able to:

  • Understand key psychological determinants of the impact of crime on victims
  • Describe the traumatic psychological sequelae of violence, child abuse and victimisation
  • Explain the major theories of personality that have been applied to forensic settings including theories of aggressive behaviour and criminal psychopathy
  • Describe the process of profiling and apply this to specific areas including sexual offenders, homicide and terrorism
  • Understand the relationship of mental disorder to crime and violence
  • Explain the approach to treatment, rehabilitation and correction developed in Australia
  • Understand the factors that influence the effectiveness of treatment for offenders