FOR10001 Introduction to Forensic Psychology

Unit code: FOR10001

Duration: 1 Teaching Period

Contact hours: Recommended 8 hours of study per week

About this unit

This unit introduces 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. They study the methodologies involved in forensic work including interviewing, deception detection techniques and risk assessment. Psychological factors involved in eye-witness testimony and false memories are described and the nature of criminal behaviour explored. Developmental risk factors are also discussed.


  • A comparative analysis of the Australian criminal justice system
  • Theoretical perspectives in criminology (psychological, sociological, psychiatric)
  • Defining and measuring crime: the uniform crime reporting system
  • Interviewing and deception detection techniques
  • Research methods in forensic psychology
  • Risk assessment
  • Eye-witness testimony and false memories
  • Developmental risk factors for criminal behaviour social risk factors, parental and family risk factors, psychological risk factors

This unit is found in Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Criminology.