Resources for Teaching Psychology and Law

Syllabus Collection

The AP-LS Teaching, Training, and Careers Committee is continuing its efforts to collect syllabi for courses in Psychology and Law or closely related topics. These syllabi have been posted on the web for everyone's easy access. You may download any of the collected syllabi for undergraduate or graduate courses. We would appreciate your assistance in providing us with a copy of your syllabi. If you have not already provided one, please send a copy of your syllabi to Kento Yasuhara as an e-mail attachment (Word or PDF files are preferred).

The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Div. 2 of APA) also collects syllabi for courses on psychology and law, and all other fields of psychology.

Teaching Materials for Undergraduate Legal Psychology Course

Dr. Edie Greene and Erica Drew have collected information intended for instructors of undergraduate courses in psychology and law. As interest in the field has grown, so too has the availability of materials that instructors can use to enhance students’ experiences and deepen their understanding of core concepts, theories, and practices in psychology and law. The goal is to gather these diverse materials and make them easily accessible to instructors. Download the PDF (416KB).

Each edition of the AP-LS Newsletter includes a column titled "Teaching Techniques."  The most recent column, Developing a Course on the Issue of Child Abuse with a Global Perspective by Dr. Beth Schwartz (Randolph College) is available online.

Other Teaching Resources

Internet resources that may aid instructors of classes in psychology and law include:
Bibliography

Please also refer to the following articles for more suggestions about teaching classes in psychology and law.  (This list is taken from the references of the 2 articles at the top of this page.)  For articles on Teaching Techniques that have appeared in the AP-LS newsletter, please see this reference list.

Anderson, D. (1992). Using feature films as tools for analysis in a psychology and law course. Teaching of Psychology, 19, 155-157.

Fass, M.E. (1999). A forensic psychology exercise: Role playing and the insanity defense. Teaching of Psychology, 26, 201-203. 41

Fulero, S., Greene, E., Hans, V., Nietzel, M., Small, M., & Wrightsman, L. (1999). Undergraduate education in legal psychology. Law and Human Behavior, 23, 137-153.

Greene, E. (1987). An undergraduate course in psychology and the law. Teaching of Psychology, 14, 238-239

Liss, M. (1992). Psychology and law courses: Content and materials. Law and Human Behavior, 16, 463-471.

Miller, L. (1997). Teaching about repressed memories of childhood sexual abuse and eyewitness testimony. Teaching of Psychology, 24. 250-255.

Ogloff, J., Tomkins, A., & Bersoff, D. (1996). Education and training in psychology and law/criminal justice. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 23, 200-235.

Otto, R., & Fulero, S. (2006). Integrating psychology and law into undergraduate instruction. Observer (Association for Psychological Science), 19, retrieved from http://www.psychologicalscience.org/observer/getArticle.cfm?id=1919

Perry, N., Huss, M., McAuliff, B., & Galas, J. (1996). An active-learning approach to teaching the undergraduate psychology and law course. Teaching of Psychology, 23, 76-81.

Schumacher, J.E., & Brodsky, S.L. (1988). The mock trial: An exploration of applications and dynamics in interdisciplinary training. Law and Psychology Review, 12, 79-93.

Schwarzmueller, A. (2006). Critiquing media portrayals of forensic professionals: A project for students. Teaching of Psychology, 22, 205-207.

Small, M. (1993). Legal psychology and therapeutic jurisprudence. St. Louis University Law Journal, 37, 675-700.

Swenson, E. (1983). Incorporating law into the undergraduate psychology curriculum. Teaching of Psychology, 10, 119-120.

Thagard, P. (2006). Evaluating explanations in law, science, and everyday life. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 15, 141-145.

Werth, J.L., Harvey, J., McNamara, R., Svoboda, A., Gulbrandson, R., Hendren, J., et al. (2002). Using controversial mock trials in Psychology and Law courses: Suggestions from participants. Teaching of Psychology, 29, 20-24.