Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Psychology and Psychiatry
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor James Ogloff


The unit will commence with an examination of the Australian legal system, the players in it and trial procedures in the various courts and tribunals. Using both seminars and practical sessions, rules of expert evidence and procedure will be examined, along with the role of the forensic psychologist in giving advice, performing assessments, writing reports for the court, giving evidence and mediation. Finally, case examples will be used to examine the application of psychological research to forensic issues and the particular ethical issues that arise for forensic psychologists.


On completion of this unit students should:

  1. be cognisant of the institutions of the Australian legal system and its processes;
  2. have a basic understanding of the relationship between the law and other social institutions;
  3. understand the role and discretion of the various players in the legal system, and in particular, the areas in which the forensic psychologist can contribute;
  4. be aware of the areas of psychological research which have general relevance to the legal system.


Class Participation (Hurdle)

Chief examiner(s)


Must be enrolled in Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology