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Forensic Psychology & Criminology course

Course Contents

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Detailed Content

Introduction to Forensic Psychology and Criminology

  • Forensic Psychology and Criminology – what are they all about?
  • The Roots of an Interest in Criminology
  • Application to Criminology and Criminal Investigation
  • Ethical Considerations for Psychologists

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Crime and its Causes

  • What is a "Crime"?
  • What Causes Crime to Occur?
  • The Twin Debate – Nature v Nurture
  • Theories of Criminal Behaviour

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Crime, Criminals and their Characteristics

  • Burglary
  • Arson
  • Violent Offending
  • Sexual Offending
  • Criminal Profiling
  • Which Approach is best for Police Investigations?

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Investigating Crime

  • Crime Scenario
  • "Ordering" the Investigation
  • The Importance of Decision-making
  • The Investigation Begins
  • Witnesses and Victims
  • Arrest and Detention
  • Suspect Interviewing
  • Planning the Interview

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Psychology and the Courts

  • The Psychologist as Expert Witness
  • Eye-witness Testimony
  • Credibility
  • Juries
  • Juries and Their Decision-making

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Punishment, Risk and Rehabilitation

  • Punishment
  • Punishment Through the Ages
  • Who Should Do the Punishing?
  • Risk
  • The Actuarial Approach
  • The Clinical Approach
  • Rehabilitation
  • Three Stages of Rehabilitation

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