Course

Special Topics: Forensic Psychology

Course Details

Course Number
6013
Section Number
6013
Semester
Fall 2016
Location
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
102
Days & Times

PSYC 6013 101: Special Topics:  Forensic Psychology

Fall 2016

 

 

Instructor: Dr. Teresa (Terri) Tempelmeyer                    Email: teresa.tempelmeyer@mwsu.edu

Mobile phone: 940-220-8097                                             Class Meeting Times:          12:00-1:20 TR

Location: PY102

 

Texts

 

Huss, M. T.  (2014). Forensic Psychology: Research, Clinical Practice, and Applications (2nd Edition). Wiley. ISBN 978-1-118-55413-5.

 

American Psychological Association.  Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology. http://www.apa.org/practice/guidelines/forensic-psychology.aspx

 

 

We will have readings from the following sources - don't worry, I will provide you with copies of the assigned readings:

 

            Bartol, C.R. & Bartol, A.M. (1994).  Psychology and Law:  Research and Applications, 2nd Ed., Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, Pacific Grove, CA - Chapter 9

 

            Melton, G.B., Petrila, J., Poythress, N.G., & Slobogin, C. (2007).  Other Competencies in the Criminal Process, 3rd Ed., The Guilford Press, NY, NY. - Chapter 7

 

            Shipley S. & Arrigo, B. (2012). Introduction to Forensic Psychology: Court, Law Enforcement, and Correctional Practices, 3rd Ed., Academic Press, Waltham, MA - Chapter 9

 

            Vronsky, P. (2004).  Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters. The Berkley Publishing Group, NY, NY. - Chapter 9

 

            Wrightsman, L.S., Nietzel, M.T., & Fortune, W.H. (1994).  Psychology and the Legal System, 3rd Ed., Brooks/Cole Publishing, Pacific Grove, CA - Chapter 1

 

 

Course Objectives

 

This course is designed to accomplish the following objectives:

 

  1. To familiarize students with the standards of practice and ethical principles and codes of conduct which have a direct bearing on the practice, ethical and legal issues in forensic psychology;

2.    To critically evaluate these principles/codes and apply them to “real” situations and potential ethical and legal dilemmas;

  1. To examine the reasoning behind various applications of the principles/code and research;

4.    To provide students with skills and resources for ethical decision-making and to explore the moral values/assumptions that underlie these decisions;

  1. To critically examine emerging professional issues in forensic psychology; and
  2. To increase student awareness and knowledge of diverse perspectives and the role of their personal value systems in understanding and applying the forensic principles/codes, and legal issues of practice.

 

 

 

Preparation for Course

 

As another adjunct to the class, I will be using Desire2Learn for posting grades and other course materials.  You can log in to D2L through the MSU portal. Please make sure your email address is updated in the system and that you set up D2L to forward email to your preferred address.

 

 

Assignments and Grading

 

Examinations:  

 

There will be four exams.  Each exam will be composed of objective multiple choice and true/false items, as well as a few short essay questions requiring you to respond to a given scenario.  Each test is worth 20 points for a total of 80 in calculating your grade.

 

 

Behavioral Analysis Paper:

 

At the beginning of class, I will provide you with a list (or you can choose someone not on the list with approval from your Professor) from which you may pick an individual who has been found to be a serial or spree killer. You should provide information in your paper that explains why the individual you have picked falls into a specific category. From the information you learn in class, you will be asked to construct a behavioral analysis that theoretically might be written if we did not yet know the identity of the perpetrator.  Don't worry - I will help. 

 

The paper should be a minimum of 10 pages (this includes references), double spaced, written in APA Publication Manual format.  There are no restrictions if your paper should run longer. You should use a minimum of two additional resources, in addition to the information you obtain in class.  This is the reason I have encouraged you to pick an individual that is well known - there should be plenty of additional information available regarding these individuals. 

 

Begin drafting papers as early as possible and take advantage of the MSU Writing Center, located off the 2nd floor atrium of Prothro-Yeager! Tutoring is available Monday through Thursday from 9am to 4pm; you can also find a tutor at the satellite location in Moffett Library Honors Lounge, Sunday and Thursday from 6pm to 9pm.  Writing tutors will not edit your papers for you, but they will provide support and feedback at every stage of the writing process, from brainstorming to drafting, revising to proofreading.

Participation:

 

To learn the most from this course, you must read the readings prior to the class for which they are assigned and be prepared to discuss the material.  The class meetings will focus on discussion and activities designed to promote integration and deeper understanding of the material.  To encourage preparation and participation, you will be graded on this aspect of your performance.

 

Participation will be noted daily, using the criteria below. The criteria focus on what you demonstrate and do not presume to guess at what you know but do not demonstrate. I expect the average level of participation to satisfy the criteria for a "15".  I will use these daily grades to calculate a final grade for participation at the end of the semester.  Participation grades can be lowered by poor listening, disrespectful, rude or insensitive comments, or attempting to dominate class discussions.

 

 

 

Grade

Criteria

C (10)

  Present, not disruptive.

  Tries to respond when called on but does not offer much.

  Demonstrates very infrequent involvement in discussion.

B (15)

  Demonstrates adequate preparation: knows basic reading facts, but does not show evidence of trying to interpret or analyze them.

  Offers straightforward information (e.g., straight from the reading), without elaboration or very infrequently (perhaps once a class).

  Does not offer to contribute to discussion, but contributes to a moderate degree when called on.

  Demonstrates sporadic involvement.

A -/B+ (20)

  Demonstrates good preparation: knows reading facts well, has thought through implications of them.

  Offers interpretations and analysis of material (more than just facts) to class.

  Contributes well to discussion in an ongoing way: responds to other students' points, thinks through own points, questions others in a constructive way, offers and supports suggestions that may be counter to the majority opinion.

  Demonstrates consistent ongoing involvement.

A+(25)

  Demonstrates excellent preparation: has analyzed material exceptionally well, relating it to readings and other material (e.g., readings, course material, discussions, experiences, etc.).

  Offers analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of the material, e.g., puts together pieces of the discussion to develop new approaches that take the class further.

  Contributes in a very significant way to ongoing discussion: keeps analysis focused, responds very thoughtfully to other students' comments, contributes to the cooperative argument-building, suggests alternative ways of approaching material and helps class analyze which approaches are appropriate, etc.

  Demonstrates ongoing very active involvement, but does not try to dominate class discussions.

 

 

 

 

 

Final Grades

 

Assignment

Available Points

% of total grade

3 Exams

75

75%

Behavioral Analysis Paper

25

25%

Total Points

100

100%

 

 

Once points are calculated, grades will be assigned as follows:

 

A

90% = 90+

B

80% =  80-90

C

70% =  70-80

 

 

Schedule of Readings and Assignments

 

Date

 

Topic

Readings

Assignments/Activities

Aug 30

1

Introduction

 

 

Huss (2014) Chapter 1

 

Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology - http://www.apa.org/practice/guidelines/forensic-psychology.aspx - Introduction Section

 

Sept 1

2

Psychology and the Law: Impossible Choices

Wrightsman, L.S., Nietzel, M.T.,& Fortune, W.H. (1994).  Psychology and the Legal System, 3rd Ed., Brooks/Cole Publishing, Pacific Grove, CA - Chapter 1

 

Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology - http://www.apa.org/practice/guidelines/forensic-psychology.aspx - Relationship Section

 

Sept 6

3

Assessment, Treatment, and Consultation

Huss (2014) Chapter 2

 

Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology - http://www.apa.org/practice/guidelines/forensic-psychology.aspx - Assessment Section

 

Sept 8

4

Expert Testimony and the Role of an Expert

Huss (2014) Chapter 3

 

 

Sept 13

5

The Psychology of Evidence: Eyewitness Testimony

Bartol, C.R. & Bartol, A.M. (1994).  Psychology and Law:  Research and Applications, 2nd Ed., Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, Pacific Grove, CA - Chapter 9

 

Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology - http://www.apa.org/practice/guidelines/forensic-psychology.aspx - Diligence Section

 

Sept 15

6

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Sept 20

7

Psychopathy

Huss (2014)

 

Sept 22

8

 

 

Exam 1

Sept 27

9

Serial Killers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fx5WHZoqGEI - Profiling A Serial Killer By Prof Glenn D Wilson (We will watch this video and have a discussion regarding it during class time)

 

 

Sept 29

10

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Lecture/Discussion (At this point, be prepared to discuss some of the information regarding the individual you have chosen for your paper)

 

Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology - http://www.apa.org/practice/guidelines/forensic-psychology.aspx - Responsibilities Section

 

Oct 4

11

Spree Killers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRt-cdaqnr0 - Virginia Tech Massacre - Mass School Shooting

 

Oct 6

12

Violence Risk Assessment

Huss (2014) Chapter 5

 

Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology - http://www.apa.org/practice/guidelines/forensic-psychology.aspx - Assessment Section (We have already reviewed this section, but now, be prepared to discuss how these guidelines relate to this section)

 

Oct 11

13

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Oct 13

14

Sexual Offenders

Huss (2014) Chapter 6

 

Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology - http://www.apa.org/practice/guidelines/forensic-psychology.aspx - Informed Consent, Notification, and Assent

 

Oct 18

15

 

 

Exam 2

Oct 20

16

Civil Commitment

Huss (2014) Chapter 7

 

Oct 25

17

The Art and Science of Criminal Profiling

Vronsky, P. (2004).  Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters. The Berkley Publishing Group, NY, NY. - Chapter 9

 

Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology - http://www.apa.org/practice/guidelines/forensic-psychology.aspx - Methods and Procedures

 

Oct 27

18

Criminal and Civil Competence

Huss (2014) Chapter 8

 

Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology - http://www.apa.org/practice/guidelines/forensic-psychology.aspx - Privacy, Confidentiality, and Privilege

 

Nov 1

19

Other Competencies in the Criminal Process

Melton, G.B., Petrila, J., Poythress, N.G., & Slobogin, C. (2007).  Other Competencies in the Criminal Process, 3rd Ed., The Guilford Press, NY, NY. - Chapter 7

 

Nov 3

20

Insanity, Criminal Responsibility, and Diminished Capacity

Huss (2014) Chapter 9

 

Nov 8

21

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Nov 10

22

 

 

Exam 3

Nov 15

23

Domestic Violence and Stalking

Huss (2014) Chapter 10

 

Nov 17

24

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8folC2GfKw0

 

Nov 22

25

Maternal Filicide

Shipley S. & Arrigo, B. (2012). Introduction to Forensic Psychology: Court, Law Enforcement, and Correctional Practices, 3rd Ed., Academic Press, Waltham, MA - Chapter 9

 

Nov 24

26

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mp-zuabUeXU&list=PLaDR3FpywKfPbUicEwIKK4K2pKfkDSt0z

 

Nov 29

27

Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice

Huss (2014) Chapter 11

 

Dec 1

28

Child Custody

Huss (2014) Chapter 12

 

Dec 6

29

Personal Injury and Discrimination in Civil Law

Huss (2014) Chapter 13

 

Dec 8

30

 

 

Exam 4

          

31

 

 

Students with Disabilities:

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil protections for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment which provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. In accordance with state and federal law, MSU provides academic accommodations to students with documented disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact Disability Support Services (DSS) in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center (phone 940-397-4140). The instructor is under no obligation to offer accommodations for students with disabilities who are not registered with DSS.

 

Cell Phones and Pagers: Please turn all cell phones and pagers off (no sound) during class. DO NOT text message during class. DO NOT answer your cell phone in class. Exceptions include emergency calls (e.g., birth of child, family member in hospital). Students who are unable to comply will not be allowed to attend class.

 

Cheating Policy: Any evidence of cheating on exams or quizzes will result in dismissal from this class with a grade of “F”. To avoid questions of cheating, mark Scantrons clearly, use a No. 2 pencil, and erase completely. Errors due to a poorly marked Scantron will not result in a grade change.

 

Travel Plans: Please do not make travel plans during finals week. The final will be given when the university has scheduled it as per the schedule of classes. Early finals will only be offered to graduating seniors with honors.

 

 

Professor
Dr. Teresa Tempelmeyer (view Profile)

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Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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