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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PSY3411: Psychology and Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Cris Burgess (Convenor)

Dr Avril Mewse (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This course links Psychology with disciplines such as Law and Sociology. It will provide you with an understanding of basic conceptual issues, such as the meaning of justice, along with various aspects of the Criminal Justice System (e.g. policing, the jury system, sentencing policy) and how the study of various sub-disciplines within Psychology can help us to understand the underlying processes. Different methods are used, both passive (lectures, expert panel, information exchange) and active (classroom debates, group discussion, role-play, accompanied visit to the Crown Court).

No prior knowledge is expected, though Stage 1 and 2 modules in human cognition, social and developmental psychology provide a helpful background. The module is delivered separately to different groups of students in terms 1 and 2.

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