Introduction to Forensic Psychology

FOR10001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One 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 1

26 Feb 24 - 26 May 24

2 Jul 24

Last self enrolment:
10 Mar 24

31 Mar 24

Last withdraw without fail:
12 Apr 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


HAY120 - Introduction to Forensic Psychology; SHAY120 - Introduction to Forensic Psychology 

Aims and objectives

The overarching aim of this unit is to provide students with an introduction to the theories, models, and research related to the field of forensic psychology. Students will gain skills, knowledge and the ability to analyze human behaviour as it occurs within the forensic context. Specifically, this unit aims to introduce students to fundamental principles involved in research and practice within Forensic Psychology. Students are introduced to the structure of the criminal justice system in Australia and in other countries.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

1. Describe the structure of the criminal justice system in Australia and internationally
2. Understand the principles of interviewing suspects and witnesses used by the police, by psychologists and in the courtroom and other forms of eyewitness testimony
3. Outline the strategies used in deception and detecting lies
4. Describe the process of risk assessment for violence and re-offending
5. Explain how crime is defined and measured and describe the different perspectives in criminology
6. Understand the developmental risk factors related to criminal behaviour