This programme is designed for anyone interested in understanding the use of psychological principles to understand the behaviour of criminals and the value of psychology in the detection of crime. The course will enable learners to (1) to recognise how different research methods can help us research criminal behaviour, (2) Understand current theory in relation to the committing of offences, (3) Describe typical personal traits of offenders and how profiling can assist detection of crime, (4) Examine witness testimony and the behaviour of witnesses in the courtroom, and (5) Review the use of forensic psychology in prevention of re-offending.
Your Tutor will support you throughout the duration of the course. You complete the course by undertaking activities and assignments. You will receive the course manual, assignments and study guide plus tutor support. Our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that support is available for your course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.
Topics Covered in this Course
Unit 1: Introduction to forensic psychology
History and development of forensic psychology
Research design and methodology
Critical evaluation of psychological research
Unit 2: Theories of offending
Introduction to theories of offending
Theories of aggression and violent offending
Theories of child sexual offending
Theories of sexual aggression
Theories of fire-setting (arson) behaviour
Unit 3: Personal attributes of offenders
Personality disordered offenders
Unit 4: Forensic psychology in police investigations
An introduction to offender profiling
Approaches to offender profiling
FBI Crime scene analysis
The effectiveness of offender profiling
Unit 5: Forensic psychology in the courtroom
Expert witness testimony
Unit 6: Forensic psychology in practice
Forensic psychology in practice
‘What works’ literature in reducing re-offending
Other roles of a forensic psychologist
Who should complete this course?
Anyone who works in the Criminal Justice sector and wishes to gain an insight into the psychological processes related to criminal behaviour.
Entry Requirements / Prerequisites
Each element is followed by a written assignment, which is submitted and then marked by your tutor. There is no external examination required.