Psychology 480 Forensic Psychology Fall 2012 Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00-5:30PM Center for English as a Second Language Room 103 ________________________________________________________________________ Instructor: Judith V. Becker, Ph.D. Office: 523 Psychology Phone: 621-7455 Email: [email protected] (please contact through UA email NOT d2l email) Office hours: 12:45-2:45 on Mondays TA: Email: Office: Office Hours: Andrew Perkins [email protected] (please contact through UA email NOT d2l email) 527 Psychology Wednesday 12:30-2:30 TA: Email: Office: Office Hours: Emily Mackelprang [email protected] (please contact through UA email NOT d2l email) 527 TBD ________________________________________________________________________ Course Description The major goal of this course is to provide a broad overview of the field of forensic psychology and the numerous ways that psychology interacts with the law. The discipline of forensic psychology has become extremely popular for students over the past two decades, in part because of numerous TV programs addressing the topic such as: Law & Order, CSI, Criminal Minds, to name a few. Forensic psychology courses are being taught in numerous universities and there are now over 20 graduate programs in the United States offering doctorates in either forensic psychology or psychology and law. A good understanding of forensic psychology will benefit students entering into a number of professions including: corrections, child protective services, probation, mental health, forensic sciences, the law, etc. Forensic psychology addresses the application of psychological research, methods, and expertise to issues that come before the legal system. Some topics include, insanity, competency, juryselection, expert-testimony, decision making, child custody, dangerousness, and interrogations Textbook Costanzo, M. & Krauss, D. (2010). Legal and Forensic Psychology. New York: Worth Publishers. Any other assigned readings will be posted on D2L. Contacting Instructor and TAs TAs and your instructor will check for emails periodically, however please be aware that it can take up to 24 hours to respond to emails. Additionally, emails will not be responded to after 5PM on weekdays or during the weekend. Please be sure to identify the course you are in when emailing (since the instructor and TAs have other courses they are responsible for); preferably in the subject line. Please do your best to maintain professional decorum when writing and responding to emails and your instructor and TAs will do the same. Evaluation There will be four multiple choice exams. Each exam will be worth 25 points. The lowest exam will be dropped, however YOU MUST TAKE THE FINAL EXAM. THE FINAL EXAM WILL NOT BE DROPPED. Exam 1: 25 points Exam 2: 25 points Exam 3: 25 points Exam 4: 25 points Drop the lowest exam score Total possible: 75 points To calculate your final grade you will need to add-up the three highest exam points and divide that number by 75. That is your percentage in the class. We will round up at .5. Please refer to the table below for what letter grade you would receive. For example, if you took all exams and the scores are 20, 25, 15, and 18, the three highest scores are 20, 25, and 18. Added together these give you 63, which is then divided by the total possible points, 75. This gives percentage of 84. The final grade is a B. In order to do well on the tests, you should keep current on the readings and attend class. It is all too easy to fall behind on the assigned readings. Please make every effort to complete the readings before the class period for which they are assigned. This will enable you to ask and respond to questions during class discussions. Your letter grade will be determined in the following way. All students will receive a letter grade depending on the percentage of total points accumulated over the course of the class. The following scale will be applied: 90% and above = A 80% - 89% =B 70% - 79% =C 60% - 69% =D Below 60% =E Once the exam is distributed, no one will be allowed to leave the exam room for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, students who have completed the exam will be allowed to turn in their exam and leave. NO STUDENTS WILL BE PERMITTED TO ENTER THE EXAM ROOM AFTER 20 MINUTES. THERE WILL BE NO MAKE-UP EXAMS OFFERED. So, if you are ill, and do not come to take the exam, that exam will count as a zero, and assuming it is your lowest exam score, will be dropped. If you have a family emergency who is ill or you go out of town and do not take the exam, that exam will count as a zero, and assuming it is your lowest exam score, will be dropped. There will be no make-up exams. To question or review your score and test answers, it must be done within ONE WEEK after the particular exam. No exceptions will be made. Absences: All holidays and special events observed by organized religions will be honored for those students who show affiliation with that particular religion. Absences pre-approved by the UA Dean of Students (or Dean’s designee) will be honored. In the unfortunate event you should miss a class; you will have to borrow notes from another class member. You will also be held responsible for any changes or additions to the syllabus announced in class. Accommodations: Students who are registered with the Disability Resource Center are asked to submit appropriate documentation to a teaching assistant as soon as possible if you are requesting reasonable accommodations. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a TA or the instructor. If you anticipate barriers related to the format or requirements of this course, please meet with me so that we can discuss ways to ensure your full participation in the course. If you determine that disability-related accommodations are necessary, please register with Disability Resources (621-3268; drc.arizona.edu) and notify me of your eligibility for reasonable accommodations. We can then plan how best to coordinate your accommodations. Extra Credit Extra credit opportunities will be periodically announced in class. You will have one week from the date they are announced to complete the assignment. Opportunities to earn extra credit will only be announced in class (i.e., not by e-mail), thus it is important to attend class to find out about them. There will be a total of two. Each opportunity will be worth one percentage points for successful completion. They will be turned in on D2L and more specific directions will be announced during class. There will be no other extra credit opportunities available. Academic Integrity: Any violation of the University’s Code of Academic Integrity, found at http://web.arizona.edu/~studpubs/policies/cacaint.htm, including cheating and plagiarism, will lead to a faculty-student conference and possible sanctions. Plagiarism and/or cheating will result in an automatic ‘0’ on the assignment at hand and if it occurs a second time an ‘F’ in the course. Be sure to read this Code. Classroom Behavior: The university seeks to promote a teaching and learning environment free from material and substantial classroom disruptions. Consequently, it is expected that all pagers and cell phones will be turned off during class, that there will be no extraneous talking during lecture, and that students will arrive at class on time. If there is the TA will ask you for your name and ask request that you leave. Additionally, the University prohibits any threatening behavior, defined as “any statement, communication, conduct, or gesture, including those in written form, directed toward any member of the University community that causes a reasonable apprehension of physical harm to a person or property.” The University’s policy regarding threatening behavior can be found at http://web.arizona.edu/~policy/threaten.shtml. Date Schedule of Topics and Readings Readings Topic M 8/20 Introduction and review of Syllabus Read Syllabus Psychology & Law: A Cautious Chapter 1 Alliance Interrogations and Confessions Lie Detection M 9/3 No Class M The Psychology of Forensic M 8/27 9/10 Chapter 2 & 3 Chapter 4 & 5 Identification Criminal Profiling and Psychological Autopsies M M 09/17 09/24 Exam 1 Film Jury Selection Eyewitness Identification and Chapter 6 & 7 Testimony Competency to Stand Trial Speaker M 10/08 Insanity Defense M 10/15 Exam 2 Film M 10/01 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 M 10/22 Battered Women Syndrome, Rape Chapter 10 & 11 Trauma Syndrome, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Speaker Interviewing Children and Memories of Sexual Abuse M 10/29 Child Custody Disputes & Parental Chapter 12 & 13 Competence M 11/5 Juries & Judges as Decision-Makers Predicting Violent Behavior: The Chapter 14 & 15 Psychology of Risk Assessment Workplace Law: Harassment, Discrimination, & Fairness M 11/12 No Class M Exam 3 Film Corrections: Sentencing, 11/19 M 11/26 Chapter 16 Imprisonment, and Alternatives Speaker The Death Penalty Speaker Review Wednesday Final Exam December The final exam is in the same M 12/3 12th at 1:00PM3:00PM classroom as the course, CESL 103 Chapter 17 IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT THE FINAL EXAM: The final exam for this class is scheduled for Wednesday, December 12th at 1:00PM. Once the exam is distributed, no one will be allowed to leave the exam room for 20 minutes (i.e., until 1:20 PM). At 1:20 PM, students who have completed the exam will be allowed to turn in their exam and leave. Please leave quietly. NO STUDENTS WILL BE PERMITTED TO ENTER THE EXAM ROOM AFTER 1:20 PM. No one will be permitted to take the exam early. Information appearing on the syllabus, other than grade and absence policies may be subject to change with advanced notice as deemed appropriate by the instructor.