Would you like to understand why people are violent, or commit rape, or sexually abuse young children? Are people who do such things mentally ill? What might have happened to
them in their lives that makes them commit such serious offences? Can such people be rehabilitated or should they just be locked up forever? These are the kind of challenging but intriguing questions
which this third year optional module asks you to consider. It brings together theory and practice from criminology and forensic psychology to consider some of the possible causes of violent and sexually violent crime, and possible ways of working effectively with these offenders to help them to change.