Introduction to Forensic Psychology
An overview of the many areas of criminal and forensic psychology, its history, the settings in which forensic psychologists might work, careers in the field and requirements for employment is provided.
Psychology of Criminal Behaviour
The background to criminal behaviour is examined. Theories of crime are proposed and the effectiveness of biological/sociological/psychological approaches in explaining criminal behaviour is questioned.
Psychology of the Victim
The area of victimology is examined, with a particular focus on children as victims.
Clinical and Forensic Assessment of Psychopathy
The clinical and forensic assessment of “psychopaths” is studied. The varying definitions of psychopaths, antisocial personality disorder and sociopaths are explored.
Pedophilia and sexual offenders are researched. Societal responses to child sexual abuse and children as witnesses are explored.
Psychological Profiles of Homicidal Offenders
The area of investigative psychology is pursued. The nature of murder and the history, classification and motivation of homicidal offenders is explored.
Risk Assessment for Criminal Offenders
Current trends in the assessment of risk and dangerousness are outlined. The evaluation and treatment of offenders is presented and the management of psychopaths in prison is discussed.