Skip to main content Skip to navigation

PS351 - Psychology and the Law

  • Module code: PS351
  • Module name: Psychology and the Law
  • Department: Psychology
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module aims to provide a broad understanding of the role of cognitive psychology in legal contexts. Topics can include: the legal system; eyewitness testimony; the suggestibility of children; theoretical issues in memory distortion; identifying people; interrogations and confessions; theories of hypnosis; cognitive theories of sex offending; repressed and recovered memories; deception .

Principal learning outcomes

"By the end of the module, students should be able to: Discuss the ways in which psychology has been applied to the legal context; Demonstrate knowledge of the current state of psychology and law research; Compare and critically discuss the methodologies used in psychology and law; Discuss the topics covered in relation to theories and debates in the applied cognitive literature. "

Timetabled teaching activities

Length of module: 12 weeks. One lecture per week; one seminar per week. Attendance at lectures and seminars is compulsory.

Departmental link

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PS351-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 33%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 33%
locally Adminstered Exam 34%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Psychology (C800) - Year 3
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 2
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 3
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (with Intercalated year) (VL79) - Year 4