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CRIM2008 Criminological Psychology

Module Overview

This module takes a Social Psychological approach to the role of Psychology in Crime and Justice. Ranging from murder committed by an individual, to that committed by two or more, or even whole nations, this module covers many aspects from the committal of the crime to the application of justice, via the role of forensic psychology in policing. We take a critical and historical approach that will provide context for those wishing to explore any of the areas raised in more depth. We hope that this provides a challenging approach to a difficult, but fascinating subject.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Critically evaluate complex material from across a range of social science disciplines and

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 and apply to the understanding of crime and justice
  • Demonstrate the application of appropriate sources from criminological and psychological.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of original research studies in criminological psychology.
  • Enhance their verbal and written skills, manage their time, enhance their research skills and critically evaluate and apply psychological and criminological research to the subject of crime and justice.


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 begiven the chance to critically reflect on both the topics covered and your developing understanding of the subject through lectures and seminar activities

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module is taught by means of two lectures a week in odd weeks of the semester, and a lecture and seminar in even weeks. You are expected to undertake extensive reading to support lecture and seminar activities. Learning activities will also include a group presentation. The final assessment is designed to allow students to demonstrate their originality and creativity through their critical analysis of a wide range of literature and to present this material in a coherent way over an extended duration.

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

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

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

Journal of Legal and Criminological Psychology. 

Webber, C. (2019). Psychology and Crime. 

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



MethodPercentage contribution
Multiple choice Test  (1 hours) 95%
Quiz 5%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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