Testimony and Ethics

Subject CRIM90002 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: .
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Criminology at Undergraduate level
Non Allowed Subjects:

191-508 Testimony and Ethics

191-508 The Expert in Court: Ethics and Practice

Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Simon Brown-Greaves sb-g@bigpond.net.au
Subject Overview:

A consideration of professional requirements and the issues arising for practitioners from a variety of professional backgrounds working in the criminal justice system. These include legal matters concerning expert testimony in court, such as admissibility of expert evidence, the ultimate issue rule, the use of psychological syndrome evidence in criminal trials, how the criminal law takes into account mental impairment and when and why different groups of professional may be called to give evidence in criminal courts. Consideration is given to the various areas within which professionals work in the criminal justice system, particularly in presentation of expert evidence and preparation of reports for the courts, tribunals and parole boards. Theoretical discussion includes matters arising in capacity to provide consent and right to treatment. Extensive coverage is given to ethical issues and problems that relate to the particular context of forensic practice for different professional groups.

  • be aware of the various tasks required of psychologists in forensic practice.
  • understand key practical and ethical issues arising in different areas of forensic practice.
  • understand how the law applies to the exercise of forensic psychologists" duties.
  • have gained practical experience in presenting evidence in legal settings.
Assessment: Written work of 5000 words (100%) due at the end of semester.
Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available for purchase from the University Bookshop

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • achieve a capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning.
Related Course(s): Master of Criminology (CWT)
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Ethics
Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Ethics

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