Criminal and Forensic Psychology

University of Roehampton

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Criminal and Forensic Psychology

  • Host University

    University of Roehampton

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Please note that students will not be able to enroll in combination with PSY020X366Y

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Assessment: essay (2000 words)
    Excluded combination: PSY020X366Y
    Criminal and forensic psychology play has an increasingly important role to play in modern psychology. The aim of this module, therefore, is to introduce students to some of the major theoretical explanations for criminal behaviour and how these are applied in a number of contexts and practice settings. Beginning with a consideration of the historical underpinnings of criminal and forensic psychology, the module continues with an analysis of the theoretical and conceptual issues germaine to this area. Major theories covered include psychoanalytic, social, biological, developmental, cognitive and personality. Students will be encouraged to critically evaluate these approaches in linked seminars, workshops and Moodle activities. The unique contributions of psychological theories to understanding criminal behaviour are then examined within a number of contexts such as policing, the courtroom and prison and also with respect to the criminal profiling and the treatment of offenders.

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