This broad module will look at a range of applications for forensic psychology. It will provide students with the theoretical background and knowledge of the criminal justice framework in order to scrutinise the contributions of psychologists working in legal, health and forensic settings.
Module will run
Autumn Term 2021-22
Spring Term 2021-22
To gain an understanding of the criminal justice system and the context in which forensic psychologists work.
To recognise the contributions of forensic psychologists to many aspects of the criminal justice process.
To continue to develop and refine skills in critical analysis and presentation
Module learning outcomes
Recognise and understand the criminal justice framework
Evaluate various biological, sociological and psychological theories of crime and how these might be applied to a case study.
Highlight the psychological processes operating in courtrooms and describe how and why some jurors are susceptible to bias.
Identify factors that may impact on the accuracy of eyewitness memories and what steps investigators can take to minimise their influence.
Critically evaluate the extent to which crime is a consequence of mental disorder.
Reflect on the prevalence, aetiology, underlying theory and practical implications of suicidal behaviour in prison settings.
Consider the effectiveness of interventions and technologies used to reduce re-offending.
Present and critically evaluate research findings with confidence.