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Criminal Psychology

Overview

Delve into the world of Criminal Psychology with a flexible home learning course. On successful completion of this course you’ll have gained an overview of the psychology of criminal behaviour and the use of psychology in crime, its detection and prevention to help build your career!

Unit 1 Introduction

  • Defining criminal psychology
  • Scope of criminal psychology
  • Roles of the criminal psychologist


Unit 2 Researching Criminal Behaviours

  • The scientific method of psychological research
  • Ethical considerations of psychological research
  • Designing a research study/experiment:

Focus of the research

The hypothesis

Data collection methods

Analysing the data

Reaching conclusions

Reporting the results

The usefulness of psychological research


Unit 3 How Criminal Psychology can be used to Understand Crime

  • Factors that influence the incidence of criminal activity
  • The major perspectives that try to explain causes of criminal behaviour:

Biological/physiological theories

Cognitions theories

Behavioural theories

  • Developmental theories


Unit 4 How Criminal Psychology can be used in Criminal Investigations

  • Investigating a crime
  • Witness reliability
  • Factors that affect memory acquisition
  • Factors that affect memory retention
  • Factors that affect memory retrieval
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Interviewing suspects
  • Detecting lies
  • Detecting false confessions
  • Offender profiling
  • Geographic profiling


Unit 5 How Criminal Psychology can be used in Prosecutions

  • An overview of courtroom procedures
  • How witnesses can affect a jury’s decision
  • How child witnesses can affect a jury’s decision
  • How expert witnesses can affect a jury’s decision
  • How the judicial system can affect a jury’s decision
  • How the juror reaches a decision
  • Group decision making
  • Group behaviour


Unit 6 How Criminal Psychology can be used with Convicted Criminals

  • A Brief history of punishments
  • The range of punishments
  • Imprisonment
  • Problems inmates encounter in prison
  • Support available in prisons
  • Alternatives to imprisonment
  • Rehabilitating prisoners
  • Offender behaviour programmes

 

Requirements

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

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