SOC 336P • Social Psychology and the Law
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Crimes, trials, evidence, juries, sentences, accidents, lawsuits - you hear a lot about issues with which the legal system concerns itself. In this course, we review how social scientists, particularly social psychologists, have examined the legal system and, in turn, how the courts do (or do not) make use of social science information as part of their decision making and reforms. The goal of the course is to learn how social science information gets applied to real world problems in the legal system. A sample of areas to be covered include: predicting dangerousness, eyewitness testimony, mental health issues in the law (e.g., the insanity defense), children in the law, and jury decision-making on verdicts in criminal and civil cases.
One short writing assignment along with three exams.