United Kingdom, Brighton

Forensic and investigative Psychology

when 21 July 2019 - 15 August 2019
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 15 EC
fee GBP 2000

This 15 credit upper division elective module is concerned with the application of psychological theory and research to criminological and forensic contexts.
It will consider issues such as the following. How reliable are eyewitnesses’ accounts of what they have seen, and their identifications of faces they have encountered? Why is that faces of other races are more likely to be misidentified in police line-ups? Can people be recognised reliably from ID cards, passports and CCTV? What is wrong with current face recall systems? Do children make reliable witnesses? How is memory affected by stress? How can we tell whether or not someone is lying? Why do some people become criminals but not others? What is the relationship between mental illness and crime?
The module integrates lecturing and small group teaching to support students in taking a critical perspective on contemporary and applied cognitive psychology.

Course leader

David Smalley

Target group

The University of Sussex International Summer School welcomes applicants from a wide range of educational backgrounds. Although most of you will be currently enrolled at a university or college, we also welcome applicants who have been away from education for some years, as well as highly committed senior high school students - for some courses a good general education, an open mind and lots of enthusiasm are the main qualifications. For some other courses you will see that prerequisites are listed - applicants for these courses are expected to submit transcripts to demonstrate that they have taken, or are currently taking, the necessary precursors.

Course aim

The International Summer School provides an opportunity to meet and study with people from different countries and cultures, on a cosmopolitan campus. The large range of courses on offer allows you to get ahead with credit in core courses, or simply to experiment with something new.

Credits info

15 EC
Summer School courses carry 15 credits and last for four weeks. Since the standard annual load for a Sussex student is 120 credits, this means that each course is equivalent to 4 semester hours or 7.5 ECTS credits. Students can take only one course per session, as the courses are intensive. You can expect to spend 30 to 45 hours each week on your course between attending classes, labs and workshops, as well as time spent outside class preparing the readings and assignments. You can find information about the courses offered by the International Summer School through our course directory or courses by subject pages of our website.

Fee info

GBP 2000: Tuition (one four week session).
GBP 4000: Tuition only (both four week ISS sessions).