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 inform understanding of the criminal justice system and the context in which forensic psychologists work.
To introduce students to the contributions forensic psychologists have made to many aspects of the criminal justice process.
To provide the opportunity for students to continue to develop and refine skills in critical analysis and presentation
Module learning outcomes
Recognise and understand the criminal justice framework and evaluate the utility of psychological theories to aid understanding for the causes of criminal behaviour.
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 critically evaluate the research evidence that attempts to explain how and why some jurors are susceptible to bias.
Identify and evaluate 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, and practical implications of suicidal behaviour in prison settings and critically evaluate the underlying theory that is used to explain these behaviours.
Evaluate the effectiveness of interventions and technologies used to reduce re-offending.
Present and critically evaluate research findings with confidence.