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Forensic Psychology (FLEX): Part 2

In this four week flex course, we will learn about topics in forensic psychology, specifically false confessions, intermittent explosive disorder, the dark triad of personality, and malingering.
Shannon Holleran, PhD.
174 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 13 learners
No live meetings
Over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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I have a PhD in psychology from the University of Arizona. I've taught college level psychology courses for ten years.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
No live meetings, and maybe some time outside of class.
I do not discuss graphic details of crimes in this class. 

In week 1, we will read a case study about someone accused of murder. However, the case study does not go into details about the crime. Instead, the case study focuses on the interrogation techniques police used in obtaining the confession and the psychology behind why these techniques might have caused the person to confess to this crime.

In week 2, we talk about the diagnostic criteria for intermittent explosive disorder (IED). We will also discuss research linking IED to criminal behavior. We do not discuss details of crimes, however, I will present categories of crimes (e.g. murder, assault) and the relationship to IED.

In week 3, we discuss three personality traits (Machiavellianism, narcissism, psychopathy). I will give sample items of how psychologists assess these traits.

In week 4, we cover a case study where someone pretended they couldn't remember committing a murder. We will not discuss the details of the crime. Instead, we will focus on how forensic psychologists evaluated the defendant.  
This material is covered in college level Introduction to Forensic Psychology courses. The information is derived from the textbook: Introduction to Forensic Psychology: Research and Applications by Curt Bartol and research journals in the field of forensic psychology.


Shannon Holleran, PhD.
Lives in the United States
Social/Personality Psychologist
174 total reviews
232 completed classes

About Me

Welcome! I'm a social/personality psychologist. This means I look at how the people around us and our personality traits impact our thoughts, feelings, and behavior.

I'm passionate about making psychology relatable to everyday life. In my... 
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