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207.4 sec. 1 - Law and Psychology (Spring 2013)

Instructor: Robert MacCoun  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: MW 8:35-9:50
Meeting Location: 111

Course Start: January 07, 2013
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49502


This seminar course will examine the implications of psychological theory and research for normative legal theory and for contemporary legal policies, procedures, and practices. The course will draw on contemporary cognitive, social, and clinical psychology to address the concepts of intent, responsibility, deterrence, retribution, morality, and procedural and distributive justice. We will examine evidence law (e.g., eyewitness testimony, polygraphy, expert testimony, psychiatric diagnosis and prediction), procedure (e.g., trial conduct, jury selection, settlement negotiations, alternative dispute resolution), and various topics in criminal law, tort law, family law, and other areas. We will compare"rational actor" and psychological perspectives on decision making by juries, judges, attorneys, and litigants.

This course may satisfy the Writing Requirement.

Exam Notes: P
Course Category: Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Criminal Law
Law and Society
Litigation and Procedure

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