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Advanced Topics in Forensic Psychology

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: FOR30001

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

This unit builds on students’ knowledge of forensic psychology gained from earlier units in the course. The focus is on understanding the impact of crime on victims, the personality factors which affect criminal behaviour, the process of criminal profiling and the correction and treatment alternatives available within the criminal justice system.


  • Understanding the impact of crime on victims
  • The nature of traumatic reactions and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • The impact of specific types of crime (topics may include: intimate partner violence, sexual violence, child abuse physical violence, homicide, indigenous victims of crime
  • The origins of criminal behaviour
  • Behavioural models, social learning models, frustration induced criminality
  • Personality and crime
  • Human aggression and violence
  • Criminal psychopathy
  • Mental disorders and crime.

This unit is found in Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology.

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