Forensic Psychology Specialist Degree (ERSPE1505)
Forensic Forensic Psychology is the study of criminal behaviour, but also the behaviour of the judge and jury, how we perceive criminals, and how that may interfere with a fair trial.
Forensic psychologists will need to continue to graduate school after their undergraduate degree, but can choose between academic research in psychology, moving forward the body of knowledge with innovative exploration, or clinical psychology, in which they may be a part of, or open their own practice, and deal with criminals or victims one on one.
Our program hosts one of the leaders in psychopathy research, Dr. Rasmus Rosenberg-Larsen, whose main research interests cover issues in mental health research, moral psychology, and biomedical ontology. His current projects involve studies of the theoretical validity of clinical construct, psychopathy, asking questions such as, what is psychopathy? Are psychopaths legally responsible? Is psychopathy a mental disease?
FSC PSYCH DEGREE HIGHLIGHT: FSC320 Forensic Psychopathology
This course makes inquiries about mental illness in the context of forensic practices, exploring the history, scientific merits, and practical relevance. Students will investigate psychiatric diagnoses such as (juvenile) Conduct Disorder, Antisocial Personality Disorder, and Psychopathy, as well as their relevance in risk assessment, behavior prediction, and offender rehabilitation.
WHAT HIGH SCHOOL PREP IS NEEDED FOR THE FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY SPECIALIST DEGREE?
Students need six Grade 12U/M courses including:
Grade 12U English
Grade 12U Biology
Grade 12U Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
These courses refer to the Ontario high school curriculum. We will accept equivalent courses from other academic systems. For more details, visit the Admissions website: https://future.utoronto.ca/apply/transfer-credit-information/
WHAT DOES FIRST YEAR IN FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY LOOK LIKE?
In your first year, you will take the following courses:
• PSY100Y5 Introductory Psychology
• BIO152H5 Introduction to Evolution and Evolutionary Genetics
• BIO153H5 Diversity of Organisms
• FSC239Y5 Introduction to Forensic Science
HOW DO I ADVANCE TO SECOND YEAR?
To advance to second year, students must meet the following first year requirements:
1. Completion of any Gr.12(4U) Biology and Advanced Functions or equivalent
2. Completion of 4.0 credits, including 3.0 science credits.
3. Completion of PSY100Y5 with a grade of 75% or higher.
4. Completion of FSC239Y5 with a grade of 70% or higher.
5. A minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 3.0. The actual minimum CGPA requirement varies from year to year but is never lower than 3.0
At least 15 total credits (out of an average of 20) are required to graduate from this program.
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