The Psychology of Criminal Justice

8weeks total 1 – 2 hours each week

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About this course

This course systematically explores the effectiveness of the law and justice system from a psychological perspective. By experiencing a fictional case first hand, you will learn about the psychology of law and some of the misconceptions commonly held about criminal justice.

What you’ll learn

  • How to identify some of the myths about how the criminal justice system works from a psychological perspective
  • The empirical evidence that can inform our understanding of criminal justice
  • How to improve how justice is administered

Meet Your Instructors

Blake McKimmie

Associate Professor at The University of Queensland Blake won a Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2010 and a University of Queensland Teaching Excellence Award in 2016. He currently teaches a large introductory psychology course and a second year elective about psychology and law. His research focuses on jury decision-making including the influence of gender-based stereotypes and the influence of different modes of evidence presentation. He is also interested in group membership and attitude-behaviour relations and how group membership influences thinking about the self.

Barbara Masser

Professor, School of Psychology at The University of Queensland Barbara is a the inaugural Australian Red Cross Blood Services Chair in Donor Research and a Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland. She has over 80 papers, book chapters and reports examining applied social psychological problems. Barbara is Australia’s leading researcher examining the psychology of blood donation and she works with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service to promote effective donor recruitment and retention strategies

Mark Horswill

Professor, School of Psychology at The University of Queensland Mark is a professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland. He has over 100 research publications examining how we can apply scientific psychology to address real world problems, such as road accidents, medical errors, and the unreliability of eyewitness testimony. His team developed the hazard perception test used in Queensland for driver licensing, as well as a patient observation chart that has been recommended for use in all Queensland hospitals, and is being piloted nationwide. He was voted to be the top three (out of approximately 2500) lecturers at the University of Queensland in the Lecturer of the Year competition run by UniJobs in 2009.

Experience Level


Learning Partner

The University of Queensland

Program Type

Advanced beginner Business X-Series