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CRIM2004 Criminological Psychology

Module Overview

This module encourages you to take an in-depth look at the way psychology has been used to explain and control crime. We will explore the way psychological principles can be applied to such issues as violence, murder, serial killing and the role of the courts. You will be given the change to critically reflect on both the topics covered and your developing understanding of the subject through lectures and seminar activities.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

- To provide a distinctively psychological approach to the study of crime - To provide a critical assessment of the role of psychology in the investigation and control of crime. - To explore the role of psychological criminology in the dispensation of justice. -To explore the limits and utility of criminological psychology. - To undertake practical research methods in psychology and write up the results following the appropriate conventions from Psychology. - To critically evaluate the methods, theory and practice of criminological psychology throughout the criminal justice system, from investigation to punishment. - To understand and critically evaluate the ways in which psychology has been employed in the study of crime. - To develop a knowledge of the limitations of the psychological perspective in the study of crime. - To critically analyse literature appropriate to the above.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate your ability to evaluate the theoretical perspectives presented in the module.
  • Critically evaluate complex material from across a range of social science disciplines and understand the difficulties and advantages in synthesis between sociological and psychological criminology.
  • Further develop research-related skills (research design, data analysis, report writing, teamwork)
  • Apply the above to the understanding of crime and justice.
  • Demonstrate the application of appropriate sources from criminological and psychological research in seminars, presentations and assessment.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of original research studies in criminological psychology.
  • Demonstrate your ability to work in groups for the preparation of seminar presentations.
  • Develop transferrable and generic skills to enhance their verbal and written communication skills, manage their time, enhance their research skills, and Critically evaluate and apply psychological and criminological research to the subject of crime and justice.
  • Critically evaluate and apply psychological and criminological research to the subject of crime and justice.
  • Design, conduct and report a substantial piece of psychological research in their final year.

Syllabus

This module encourages you to take an in-depth look at the way psychology has been used to explain and control crime. We will explore the way psychological principles can be applied to such issues as violence, murder, serial killing and the role of the courts. You will be given the chance to critically reflect on both the topics covered and your developing understanding of the subject through lectures and seminar activities. The Practical workshops will will cover 4 approaches to research. Each Unit will encourage you to: Unit A: Multi-factor experiment - learn about particular research domains - learn about how hypotheses are derived from theories in those domains - apply statistical and methodological knowledge to testing concrete hypotheses - learn how to run an experiment - understand the rationale for and design of a complex experiment (e.g., factorial design) - understand and assess measurement reliability - understand how to code data and handle data files - understand how to analyze the results of a complex experiment - develop report-writing skills Unit B: Questionnaire related research - use Excel in an advanced level - understand how to code data and handle data files - evaluate psychometric properties of questionnaires - conduct, interpret, and report correlation related statistics including multiple regression - develop report-writing skills Unit C: iSurvey - learn to design iSurvey (our online survey facilities) - learn to download and use iSurvey data Unit D: Qualitative research - design, conduct, and analyze a piece of qualitative research, using method of content analysis - conduct risk assessment - team work

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Teaching24
Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Canter, D. and Youngs, D. (2009). Investigative Psychology. 

Webber, C. (2010). Psychology and Crime. 

Canter, D. and Alison, L. (2000). The Social Psychology of Crime. 

Journal of Legal and Criminological Psychology. 

Ainsworth, P. (2001). Offender Profiling and Crime Analysis. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2500 words) 45%
Individual report 30%
Quantitative Research Report 15%
Quiz 2%
Research and Presentation 5%
Survey 3%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s)  (2500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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