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.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

8 Jul 24 - 6 Oct 24

29 Oct 24

Last self enrolment:
21 Jul 24

2 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
23 Aug 24


HAY320 - Advanced Topics in Forensic Psychology; SHAY320 - Advanced Topics in 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.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
On successful completion of this unit students will 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