Module title: Evidence and Investigation

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: PSY11104
Module leader: Faye Skelton
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

1. To develop knowledge of UK criminal justice systems and the differences between them.
2. To consider the role of psychologists within UK criminal justice systems.
3. To provide a comprehensive overview of the interaction between psychology and the criminal justice system.
4. To develop in students a critical understanding of the role of psychological research in informing and enhancing practice.
5. To consider differences between adversarial and inquisitorial legal systems.

Indicative content includes: Eyewitness testimony including identification of suspects; working with children and vulnerable witnesses; vulnerable suspects and false confessions; false allegations; detection of deception; jury decision making; expert witnesses; police decision-making.

Learning Outcomes for module:

1. Identify and analyse similarities and differences between different jurisdictions, or within jurisdictions over time.
2. Critically evaluate the contribution of psychological theory and research to legal and investigative processes.
3. Understand the role of the expert witness and the requirements for expert evidence
4. Critically evaluate the role of forensic psychology in understanding and preventing miscarriages of justice.
5. Synthesise research evidence to make informed evaluations and recommendations in line with appropriate professional standards.

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