Forensic Psychology links psychology to both criminal behaviour and its reduction and prevention, and to the functions of the legal and correctional systems. This subject will also give students an opportunity to align the strong empirical and theoretical traditions from western psychology to Māori-led approaches to understanding and reducing recidivism, and the overrepresentation of Māori in the criminal justice system.

Forensic Psychology is available as a minor.

To complete a minor in Forensic Psychology, students must complete 60 points, including FPSYC101, FPSYC201, FPSYC301 and 15 points from CRSCI101, CRSCI105, PSYCH100, PSYCH101 or SOCIO102.


Forensic Psychology will be introduced as a minor in 2022.

Forensic Psychology papers

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Code and paper title Points
CRSCI101 Introduction to Security and Crime Science right arrow

This paper introduces the topics, theories, and approaches that make up Crime Science. The central focus is on understanding crime.

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Online)
FPSYC101 Introduction to Forensic and Criminological Psychology right arrow

This paper introduces students to forensic psychology and encompasses a wide range of topics derived from the intersection of psychology with the...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Online)
PSYCH100 Brain, Behaviour and Cognition right arrow

This paper introduces perceptual systems, mechanisms of learning, emotions and motivation, the biological basis of psychology, such as brain...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
PSYCH101 Social Psychology, Health and Well-being right arrow

This paper will introduce major issues in psychology particularly as they relate to health, wellbeing, mental illness, forensic psychology, lifespan...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
SOCIO102 The Sociology of Crime, Deviance and Social Justice right arrow

This paper provides students with an introduction to criminology and the criminal justice system, with a focus on the New Zealand context.

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
Code and paper title Points
CRSCI201 Understanding Crime Events right arrow

The focus of this paper is on crime as a potentially preventable event. Crimes occur in a patterned way that is partly determined by situational...

15 24B (Online)
FPSYC201 Psychology and Crime right arrow

Crime is a result of how people think, feel, and behave within their ecological context, making psychology one of the core disciplines in...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Online)
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FPSYC301 Correctional Psychology: Theory, Research and Practice right arrow

This paper examines the application of psychological theory, research and practice to the operation of correctional systems and their various roles...

15 24B (Online)
PSYCH322 Memory and Cognition right arrow

Research, theories and principles in memory and cognition, with an emphasis on the applications to real-world problems, such as the overlap of...

15 24A (Hamilton)

2024 Catalogue of Papers information current as of 20 May 2024 01:00am