Forensic Psychology, Theory and Practice

PSY80100 12.5 Credit Points External Venue, Hawthorn


  • One semester/teaching period

Contact hours

  • 38.5 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23





Aims and objectives

This unit introduces the Australian legal system and clarifies the relationship between the law and other social institutions. Students will learn the role and discretion of the various players in the legal system and, in particular, the areas to which the forensic psychologist contributes.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Analyse, appraise and explain the origins of criminal behaviour and methods for assessing risk of crime.
2. Design and implement interventions appropriate for individuals’ criminogenic needs, tailored to individual risk factors.
3. Develop competence in assessments within the criminal forensic psychology domain and understand the psychologists role in assisting courts in criminal matters.

Courses with unit

A unit of study within the Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic Psychology).