Wayland Baptist University Hawaii Campus School of Behavioral and Social Science

Wayland Baptist University
Hawaii Campus
School of Behavioral and Social Science
Wayland Baptist University exists to educate in an academically challenging, learning
focused, and distinctively Christian environment for professional success and service to
God and humankind.
JUAD 3325 Forensic Psychology
Spring 2015
Instructor: John W. Little, MSCJA
Time/Day: 1730 – 2200, Wednesday
Telephone: 277-3354 (C)
688-1768 (H)
656-0706 (W)
[email protected]
[email protected],mil
Contact Hours:
I can be contacted at any time using the above listed telephone numbers and/or email.
23 February – 16 May 2015
Location: Pearl Harbor
Course Description:
An insight into the newest investigation tools for law enforcement: Criminal
Psychological Profiling.
Prerequisites: None
Required Textbook:
Solomon M. Fulero, Lawrence S. Wrightsman, Forensic Psychology, 3rd Edition,
Wadsworth (2009). ISBN 978-0-495-50649-2.
Course Competencies:
At the conclusion of this course the student will be able to demonstrate an understanding
of the key component of Forensic Psychology:
Roles & responsibilities of forensic psychologists;
Police selection, training, and evaluation;
Police interrogations, and confessions;
Criminal profiling;
Alternate dispute resolutions;
Insanity & in competency;
Battered women and rape trauma syndromes;
Attendance is an expected and necessary requirement of this course. It is recognized that
there are times when the student will not be able to attend class but absence from class will
impact the student’s grade. The student’s participation in each class session is considered
important to the learning process. Missing class is not an excuse for not being prepared for the
next class, completing reading assignments or other projects, which were assigned during the
missed class. Each student will be given 100 points for attendance. Each absence, 10 points will
be deducted. Each tardiness (no matter how long) will be dealt with at the discretion of the
Service for the Disabled:
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), it is the policy of
Wayland Baptist University that no otherwise qualified person with a disability be excluded from
participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational
program or activity in the university. The Coordinator of Counseling Services serves as the
coordinator of students with a disability and should be contacted concerning accommodation
request at (806) 291-3765. Documentation of a disability must accompany any request for
Student Participation:
. BE THERE – It’s really hard to exchange information if you aren’t there.
. BE PREPARED BEFORE YOU GET THERE – I will not insult you by reading the
text to you. Have the chapters read prior to class.
. PARTICIPATE AFTER YOU GET THERE – Ask questions and get involved.
Academic Dishonesty Policy:
There is ZERO TOLERANCE by this professor regarding any student’s research paper,
project or test that has been completed using any form of cheating and/or plagiarism.
Remember, you are taking a Criminal Justice or Human Services Class and INTEGRITY is the
Reading Assignment:
Reading assignments will be completed prior to class or the student will not be prepared
to participate meaningfully in discussions. The student’s grade will be adversely impacted by
evidence of failure to read assignments prior to class.
Course Participation:
All students are expected to fully participate in all aspects of the class. Sleeping in class,
lying of head on desk and using cell phone in class are reasons to deduct points from final grade.
Research Papers:
WBU degree seeking students are strongly encouraged to retain copies of all research
papers. To graduate from WHU, students must complete the senior Exit Seminar, GRAD 4101.
The Exit Seminar is designed to capstone an adult learner’s discipline knowledge through the
completion of a discipline portfolio or the completion of an approved research project. The
research papers retained from previous courses, particularly courses within the discipline, will
aid the adult learner in completing the GRAD 4101 course.
Missed examinations cannot be made up and course work will not be accepted
unless turned in on the prescribed day unless the absence is for a documented emergency,
documented medical reasons, documented mandatory service to the University, documented
mandatory military obligations, or other acceptable reason as deemed by the instructor. The
instructor must approve any make-up examination. Delay in contacting the instructor after a
missed examination is reason to deny a make-up.
Course Evaluation:
Students will be evaluated upon the following factors:
1. Attendance/Participation: 10%
2. Research Project: 45%
3. Final: 45%
Final course grade is based upon the following:
A = 90 – 100
F = 0 – 59
B = 80 – 90
C = 70 – 79
D = 60 – 69
JUAD/PSYC 3325.1 Assignments (Subject to Change)
Week 1
25 February
Requirements for Course
Chapter 1 Forensic Psychology
Week 2
04 March
Chapter 2 Forensic Psychologist
Chapter 3 Psychology and Law Enforcement
Week 3
11 March
Chapter 4 Techniques of Criminal Investigation
Chapter 5 Insanity and Competency
Week 4
25 March
Chapter 6 From Dangerousness to Risk Assessment
Chapter 7 “Syndrome” Evidence
Week 5
01 April
Chapter 8 Child Sexual Abuse
Chapter 9 Child Custody and Related Decisions
Week 6
08 April
Research Project
Week 7
15 April
Chapter 10 Improving Eyewitness Identification
Chapter 11 Interrogations and Confessions
Week 8
22 April
Chapter 12 Trial Consultation
Chapter 13 Discrimination
Week 9
29 April
Chapter 14 Sexual Harassment
Week 10
06 May
Chapter 15 Death Penalty Trials and Appeals
Chapter 16 Influencing Public Policy
Week 11
13 May
Final Examination
You should be aware that the topics covered in my criminal justice, human service, psychology
and sociology courses deal with REAL LIFE situation. Consequently, you will often be
confronted with, not only theoretical concepts dealing with a particular topic, but also the
REALITY of those situations. These realities can often include aural and visual representations
that can be disturbing to some: language found in texts and videos considered foul and
unacceptable and/or descriptions of minute details regarding the human body including
photographs of crime scenes, autopsy photos, videos, and reports.
If you find these topics offensive and unacceptable, may I suggest you find another course of
study because careers in any of the criminal justice/human service fields (police, courts,
corrections, parole, probation, social worker, etc.) are not for you? Should you become
employed in any division of these criminal justice/human service fields you will find yourself
hearing, seeing, smelling, and otherwise utilizing all your senses while dealing with extremely
offensive people and even more offensive circumstances and situations. This career field is
neither for the “faint of heart” nor the squeamish.
It is important for you to fully understand that just because we TEACH this information; it
should in no way be considered to mean we ADVOCATE such a way of life. No one is asking
you to adopt these actions and/or language use for your own; just understand that it is part and
parcel of the life faced by criminal justice and human service personnel and it must be dealt with
in order to bring about justice and fairness to all citizens.
If you have any questions regarding this discussion, please feel free to contact me immediately.
If I do not receive any inputs from you then I will assume that you fully understand and can
comply with the program content.
JUAD 3325
Name: ______________________________
(Last, First, and MI)
Telephone Number: ______________ (Work)
______________ (Home)
______________ (Cell)
Title of Term Paper: _________________________________________
(Cannot change once selected)
I have received a copy of the course syllabus for JUAD 3225 Forensic Psychology as well as a
copy of the requirements for completion of the course. I fully understand the contents of the
course syllabus and the requirements of this course.
(Student’s Printed Name)
(Student’s Signature)
Term Paper:
Mid Term Examination:
Final Examination:
Reflection Paper:
Final Points/Grade: