Associate Professor Blake McKimmie – BA(Hons), PhD Qld
Associate Professor Barbara Masser – BA(Hons), MSc, PhD Kent
Associate Professor Mark Horswill – CerfFPS, BSc(Hons), PhD Reading


Students take PSYC2361: The Psychology of Criminal Justice as a second level elective on campus (taught 2015 – 2016) and as an online course called CRIME101x via edX (taught 2014 – 2016). PSYC2361 students watch a series of online drama and lecture videos and attend a three hour on-campus class each week. Blake, Barbara and Mark’s prior teaching experience in psychology and law showed them that students often struggle working out how psychological research fits with criminal justice processes. This occurs because of the disconnect between research that is conducted on individual phenomena and the application of that material in teaching to different case examples from different jurisdictions. Because of this, students often fail to gain an understanding of the systematic issues present in criminal justice and how psychology can inform our approach to those issues. To address this, Blake, Barbara and Mark filmed a crime drama that follows a single murder case from the crime being committed, through the investigation, and ending with the trial. This provides students with a cohesive example as we discuss the events in the case in the context of what the research says.

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