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Fall 2017
Nov 19, 2017
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PSYC 249 - Cognition, Culture, & Justice
The objective of this course is to educate and encourage students to understand and evaluate (1) the distinction between subjective justice and formal ‘black-letter’ law (2) the role of cognitive processes in decision making about justice, with particular attention to research supporting relativist vs. universalist positions (3) cross-cultural variations in conceptions of justice, with reference to both cultural psychology and comparative law literatures (4) the psychological research on human duties and rights, with particular attention to the concept of ‘universals’ in duties and rights (5) selected concepts in traditional ‘psychology and law’ research, including competency and intentionality, eyewitness evidence, profiling (6) the relationship between the psychological citizen, justice, and democracy (7) the psychological requirements for individual and collective democratic functioning. 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
SFS/CULP Social Science, Mean Grade is Calculated

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