PSYC-249-01 Cognition, Culture, and Justice
Spring for 2017-2018
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.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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