PSYC 1208: Psychology and the Law
Lecture - 4 credits
- Introduces the range of topics that are of concern both to psychologists and to members of the legal profession.
- Covers the legal and ethical issues inherent in the conduct and process of professional psychology.
- Topics include confidentiality, ethical competence, duty to warn, expert testimony, malpractice, and forensic matters, such as the insanity defense.
- Discusses professional practice issues revolving around ethical concerns as they relate to specific weekly topics.
- Specifically, discusses five ethical theories (egoism, utilitarianism, deontology, care ethics, virtue ethics) used in case analysis.
- Examines the role of ethical theory as it applies to the expert’s self-interest and personal position, positive and negative consequences for the defendant and society at large, psychologist expert duties to themselves, and conflicts.
- Designed to help students think about the legal system and its role in society today through a psychological lens.
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