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PSY513 : Forensic Psychology

Course Overview

Course Synopsis

Forensic Psychology is a course dealing with the application of psychology in legal settings and law enforcement. Since it is a new area for Pakistan, special attention is given to how the principles of forensic psychology might be applied in Pakistan. The subject introduces wide range of issues such as the role of psychologists in police recruitment and stress management. Forensic psychology develops proficient understanding about criminal profiling. The key topics which we introduce are the treatment of sex offenders and reduction of violent behavior. The major emphasis of the course will be on hands-on treatment approaches for violence and different personality theories regarding criminal behavior and sexual offences.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Evaluate and recognize different models of violence.
  • Explain how the violence reduction program works and what check lists and psychological tests are used to measure change.
  • Discuss the key concepts of risk assessment and checklists used for this purpose.
  • Describe the relation of different personality disorders and crimes.
  • To develop an understanding of the key concept of antisocial personality disorder and crimes.

Course Calendar

Introduction to Forensic Psychology1Handouts1-4
Introduction to Forensic Psychology2Handouts5-8
Forensic Psychology and Police3Handouts9-13
Police Psychology4Handouts14-17
Police Psychology5Handouts18-20
Investigative Psychology6Handouts21-24
Investigative Psychology7Handouts25-29
Psychology of Violence8Handouts30-33
Psychoanalytic Model and Violence9Handouts34-36
Psychoanalytic Model and Violence10Handouts37-39
Quiz 01
Jungian Psychology and Violence11Handouts40-44
Jungian Psychology and Violence12Handouts45-48
Behaviorist Perspective and Violence13Handouts49-51
Assignment 01
Behaviorist Perspective and Violence14Handouts52-55
Behaviorist Perspective and Violence15Handouts56-59
Social Learning Model and Violence16Handouts60-64
Moral Development and Violence17Handouts65-70
Bio-Psycho-Social Model18Handouts71-72
Islamic Perspective about Violence19Handouts73-77
Islamic Model20Handouts78-81
Treatments for the Soul21Handouts82-83
Criminogenic Personality22Handouts84-86
Grand Quiz
Criminogenic Personality & Violence (I)23Handouts87-93
Criminogenic Personality & Violence (II)24Handouts94-95
Learning Disabilities/Mental Retardation & Violence25Handouts96-97
Assessment of Personality Disorders (I)26Handouts98-101
Assessment of Personality Disorders (II)27Handouts102-105
Risk Assessment28Handouts106-108
Treatment of Violent Behavior/Personality Psychodynamic Psychotherapy29Handouts109-113
Jungian Therapeutic Model30Handouts114-115
Group Therapy for Offenders31Handouts116-118
Psychotherapies in Forensic Settings (I)32Handouts119-122
Psychotherapies in Forensic Settings (II)33Handouts123-124
Graded Discussion Board
Psychotherapies in Forensic Settings (III)34Handouts125-127
Psychotherapy in Forensic Settings & Special Challenges35Handouts128-130
Quiz 02
Forensic Psychotherapy36Handouts131-134
Violence Reduction Program (I)37Handouts135-137
Violence Reduction Program (II)38Handouts138-130
Victim Support (I)39Handouts140-143
Victim Support (II)40Handouts144-146
Substance Misuse Treatment Program (I)41Handouts147-151
Substance Misuse Treatment Program (II)42Handouts152-154
Expert Witness43Handouts155-158
Counter Terrorism44Handouts159-162
Summing Up Forensic Psychology45Handouts163-164
Final Term Exams
Disclaimer: This is a tentative plan for the semester. It can be changed if needed and students will be informed via announcement.
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