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DPSY7212 - Psychology and civil law

SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Professor James Ogloff


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


The subject will commence with an overview of the civil arena and examination of the concept of tort liability for negligence. Seminars will focus on personal injury litigation (including such issues as workers' compensation, "compensation neurosis" and "functional overlay", assessing psychological impairment, post traumatic stress disorder, head injury and its sequelae, chronic pain, occupational stress, compensation and recovery). Students will observe the operation of various tribunals and boards and observe psychologists conducting assessments in civil matters (e.g., personal injury, guardianship and administration, testamentary capacity).


On completion of this unit, students should:

  1. be aware of the breadth of matters falling within the arena of civil law and the common matters on which psychologists are asked for advice;
  2. be cognisant of the factors which may complicate the assessment and treatment of personal injury claimants;
  3. be cognisant of the particular features of victims of crime and other traumatic conditions


2000 word essay assessing ability to apply psychological theory and research to civil court matters; log book documenting observation practical work (hurdle requirement).