Not too easy. Not too difficult.
C160 Forensic Psychology is the advanced course you would take after taking Intro to Psychology and the Law. This course helps broaden my understanding of the use of forensic psychology in the legal system and how forensic psychology's implementation can be misused. Definitely something to consider taking if you're interested in becoming a forensic psychologist, going to law school, or wanting to change how the legal system works.
Some highly fascinating topics of discourse for this class are: psychopathy, sexual offenders, insanity, and using forensic psychologists as an expert witness. The professor is very knowledgeable about the subject. He has researched about a lot of what he has presented in class. Definitely an eye-opener. Did you know that the way the APA (American Psychological Association) decides what qualifies as a mental disorder and what should be included in the DSM (Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) is completely arbitrary and lacking in scientific objectivity? Apparently, a group of psychologists, of varying fields within psychology (i.e. clinical psychology vs. non-clinical psychology, child psychology, etc.) are gathered together to vote on what should be included in the DSM and what the criteria should be defined as. Although this process is highly democratic, it lacks scientific objectivity. If you didn't know this before, now you know.
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Complete the readings before class, take notes during lecture, and pay attention in class!