Introduction to Forensic Psychology - SP306

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Autumn 4 15 (7.5) DR E Vasquez checkmark-circle


This module will introduce students to key topics in Forensic Psychology including theories of offending, the development of offending, the rehabilitation of offenders, the criminal justice system, criminal statistics, policing, and the public's response to crime. In particular, this module will focus on (1) fundamental applications of psychology, as a science, for understanding important forensic issues, and (2) key research methods common in forensic psychological research. Throughout the module, students will be encouraged to apply contemporary psychological concepts and methods to understand the important forensic psychological issues outlined.


Contact hours

22 hours

Method of assessment

100% Examination.

Indicative reading

The module reading list can be found online at the reading list pages here :

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

8. The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Understand the practical role played by contemporary forensic psychologists in society
8.2 Demonstrate a knowledge of forensic psychology as a discipline and research methods used within forensic psychology
8.3 Demonstrate awareness of the fundamental application of psychology, as a science, to understand key forensic issues
8.4 Demonstrate understanding of key concepts and sub-topics within forensic psychology and how they relate to each other (i.e. ability to synthesise core concepts within forensic psychology)
8.5 Evaluate core theories and research in forensic psychology

9. The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the variety of theoretical and methodological approaches used in psychology
9.2 Demonstrate independent learning and research skills required to support academic learning and development


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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