Criminal Forensics Psychology Course Overview
Forensic Psychology examines what causes individuals to commit crime and how events and experiences can shape the type of adults we later become. The focus is on the relationship between law and psychology, the criminal justice system, mental illness and criminal conduct and behaviour. The course introduces you to fundamental principles involved in research and practice within Criminal Forensic Psychology.
You will learn Criminal Psychology methods, theories and concepts of psychology within the legal and criminal judicial system. These methods are mostly used for predicting the personality, behavioural, and demographic characteristics of an individual based upon an analysis of the crimes he or she has committed. You will assess the Psychological factors involved in eye-witness testimony and false memories are researched with reference to case studies. The nature of criminal behaviour is explored and the victimology of crime is described.
The newest feature of this course for distance students is Live Online classes which are recorded. This allows you to interact and ask questions while listening to your lecturer deliver their class live online.
Criminal Forensic Psychology Course Aims
The Diploma in Criminal Forensic Psychology provides you with a comprehensive study on what criminal psychology is and how it is used in the study of crime and criminals. The course explores the process of criminal behavior and the criminal mind and asks why do some people commit crime?
Criminal psychology helps us to understand how criminals behave and help us to apply that to the Criminal Justice System (CJS). You will examine different types of psychological theories, and explain criminal behaviour in the context of "offenders" and the "general public", you will investigate these perceptions.
You will examine the research methods actively used by professionals, including the ethical issues which are raised and will have the opportunity to apply these research methods to your own research project at the end of the course.
Criminal Psychology Learning Outcomes
- Explore investigative psychology, criminal profiling, scene analysis, and racial profiling.
- Explain role of forensic psychologists.
- Explain geographical profiling, and geographical mapping.
- Explain competencies of criminal suspects and risk assessment instruments.
- Determine psychological competence and differences in delinquencies.
- Investigate features of psychopaths and controversy over labelling offenders.
- Discuss mass murders and categories, plus, rape and associated demographics.
- Understand the psychological factors which impact upon eye-witness testimony
- Understand how criminal psychology can be useful to criminal investigations
- Investigate the types of offenders including male and female sex offenders.
- Recognise how forensic psychology can be assist criminals after conviction.
- Understand developmental risk factors related to criminal behaviour.
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