Advanced Topics in Forensic Psychology

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


  • On Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2022 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

11 Jul 22 - 9 Oct 22

1 Nov 22

Last self enrolment:
24 Jul 22

5 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
26 Aug 22

More teaching periods

Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22


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 content focusses on the legal system and the relationship between psychology and offenders, the courts and policing.
Graduate learning Outcomes
After successfully completing this unit you should be able to: 
1. Explain the specific aspects of law and psychology that relate to forensic psychology
2. Describe the relevant aspects of the Australian Legal System that relate to issues of importance to forensic psychology
3. Apply the theoretical models of forensic psychology to a range of relevant contexts
4. Assess the various research and evaluation models employed in forensic psychology
5. Assess how forensic psychology and the law play a role in both criminal and civil issues
6. Integrate the theoretical models with practical issues faced by forensic psychologists in Australia