What is the course about?
'Forensic' Psychology examines the whole Justice System from a psychological perspective. It tries to understand why people commit different crimes and the psychology of the police and judiciary when processing offenders. In this course various aspects of the Justice System will be examined through a range of cases.
What will we cover?
How to Make a Criminal: psychological examinations of the factors that increase the likelihood of offending.
Crimes & Personality Disorders:
• The role that personality disorders and psychopathy play in increasing the likelihood of offending.
• The Justice System: psychological examinations of judicial process including bias and wrongful conviction.
• The Penal System: What forms of intervention work best to reduce re-offending?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
What will I learn? By the end of the course you should be able to:
• Discuss, critically, several psychological explanations for crime such as ‘deficit’ and ‘compensation’ theories.
• Explain, broadly, the role that Forensic Psychology plays in the Justice System.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior knowledge is assumed, and the level will tend to adjust to the overall level of participants.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The sessions are ‘seminar’ format and include short presentations with slides, Q&A and group discussion, pair/small group work depending on the topic and exercises such as questionnaires and short case studies.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs. If you have a laptop or tablet this would be useful for accessing online material and/or sharing your
own thoughts and ideas.
You may wish to read the following text:
Canter, David. (2010). Forensic Psychology: A very short introduction. OUP.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in the following courses:
Personality psychology: an introduction (PP123)
Psychology of attachment 2 (PP126)
Psychology of addiction (PP124)
Psychology and counselling (PP104).
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details