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BSc Psychology / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Division of Psychology and Mental Health|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
Forensic psychology can be thought of as an umbrella term to bring together two different streams of research in psychology and law: legal psychology is the application of psychological research and methods to the process of law, and criminological psychology is the application of psychological research and methods to the understanding of criminal behaviour. This course aims to introduce students to some of the main topics and questions in forensic psychology, so that students can appreciate the different perspectives, methods and applications involved in the discipline. The course focuses on the application of research findings to the criminal justice system, and the understanding, treatment and reduction of criminal behaviour.
The unit aims to:
To explore the diversity of psychological enquiry as it applies to law and criminal behaviour
To demonstrate the application of psychological research findings to the criminal justice system and the understanding, treatment and prevention of offending behaviour
To introduce students to the workings of the criminal justice system
To enable students to further develop important transferrable skills in critical and analytical thinking, and presentation of an argument
To provide students with a broad introduction to forensic psychology to help inform career choices.
Teaching and learning methods
This unit will be taught via lectures and seminars.
E-learning provision: Supplementary reading, resources and a monitored discussion board will be provided via Blackboard.
Knowledge and understanding
- Describe and critically evaluate key theories and research findings in different areas of forensic psychology.
- Use research findings to evaluate procedures within the criminal justice system, and offer recommendations where appropriate.
- Synthesise, analyse, and evaluate information using primary sources, including journal articles and policy documents.
- Make a reasoned argument for a particular point of view.
- Use library, electronic and on-line resources to research areas of forensic psychology.
- Plan, research and produce a poster on a topic in the area of forensic psychology
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Retrieve information from various sources and evaluate its significance
- Apply scientific research to forensic situations
- Understand the different career pathways into forensic psychology
- Additionally, students will have the opportunity to develop their skills in: Synthesising information; summarising theories and evidence; critical thinking; evaluating research; working in groups; communicating effectively both orally and in writing; presenting concise and persuasive arguments
Essay - 85%
Recommendations Summary - 15%
Students will receive a grade and written feedback
References will be provided each week
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|Lee Wickham||Unit coordinator|