Forensic Psychology. Project: The purpose of this requirement is to provide an in-depth knowledge of a particular aspect of criminal justice in relation to forensic psychology. Students will select some aspect of criminal justice, psychology and the legal system and provide a written report on it. The project will be an APA styled research paper of at least 10 pages and involve a famous case with regard to the issue researched.. It should be completed one week prior to the end of the semester. Examples would be answering questions like How would somebody like Timothy McVeigh be able to have an untarnished military record and then engage in the bombing of the Murrah building? or How was the decision about John Hinckley made with regard to the insanity plea? Notice that there is an issue with the famous case that would answer these questions in a research paper.
Research projects should conform to the following outline with the subheadings in the paper. :
APA style cover sheet with pagination, no running head.
Introduction: A historical sketch of the role of the psychologist with regard to the issue the students have chosen. What are the historical characteristics of psychologist’s role in the legal system regarding the issue? What landmark cases should be briefly described regarding the issue?
Famous Criminal Case: Describe and summarize a specific case or trial as well as the basics of a crime, investigation, forensic assessment issues, profile trial etc.
Importance of the Case: What was the importance of the evidence in the case as well as its impact on the outcome and the outcome’s significance for future cases? What impact did the psychologist(s) have on the case?
Summary and Conclusions: The overall summary and important conlusions should be placed in this section.
References: The end of the paper should include a reference list which may involve journal articles, newspaper articles, book entries, biographies, and scholarly internet sources. At least 8 sources should be used in the project.