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.

2021 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

2 Aug 21 - 31 Oct 21

7 Dec 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Aug 21

31 Aug 21

Last withdraw without fail:
17 Sep 21

More teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

8 Nov 21 - 13 Feb 22

8 Mar 22

Last self enrolment:
21 Nov 21

3 Dec 21

Last withdraw without fail:
31 Dec 21


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.
Graduate learning Outcomes: After successfully completing this unit you should be able to:
1. Understand key psychological determinants of the impact of crime on victims
2. Describe the traumatic psychological sequelae of violence, child abuse and victimisation
3. Explain the major theories of personality that have been applied to forensic settings including theories of aggressive behaviour and criminal psychopathy
4. Describe the process of profiling and apply this to specific areas including sexual offenders, homicide and terrorism
5. Understand the relationship of mental disorder to crime and violence
6. Explain the approach to treatment, rehabilitation and correction developed in Australia. 
7, Understand the factors that influence the effectiveness of treatment for offenders