Psychology of Criminal Conduct - SP805

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury
(version 2)
Autumn
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7 20 (10) DR A Pina

Pre-requisites

None

Restrictions

None

2019-20

Overview

This module examines the topic of criminality from a broad psychological perspective. The origins of the criminal tendency in childhood are detailed and its abundant expression in adolescence highlighted and examined. The evidence that consistent criminal tendencies can be reliably assessed is considered, and the extent to which personality factors can explain that consistency is evaluated. The concept of psychopathy is explored along with examining more generally the relationship between crime, law and moral judgement. The role of victims in creating, defining and reporting crime is analysed, and the psychological consequences of crime for victims and potential victims are explored.

Details

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Contact hours

Total contact hours: 33
Private study hours: 167
Total study hours: 200

Availability

This module is only available to students registered for the MSc in Forensic Psychology.
Not available wild / optional

Method of assessment

100% Coursework.

Indicative reading

The module reading list can be found online at http://resourcelists.kent.ac.uk/index.html

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of criminological theory regarding the origins of offending.
8.2 Demonstrate knowledge of techniques for the study of offender behaviour and its contribution to police work, through critical evaluation of current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline.
8.3 Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of rational decision-making as applied to crime and offences conducted by people who make non-normal decisions, e.g. psychopaths, sex offenders.
8.4 Form a conceptual and systemic understanding of the reality of the functions of different parts of the Criminal Justice System through attendance on course visits.
8.5 Explain to the public, using plain English, how offenders and victims of crime are dealt with by the Criminal Justice System.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Demonstrate intellectual and subject-specific skills (include critical thinking and argumentation, reasoning and reflection, information structuring, analysis and synthesis, application of theory, appropriate use of sources, and clarity in thinking)
9.2 Demonstrate key transferable skills, including communication and information technology (e.g. undertaking online research, producing written documents), working with others, problem solving, and improving learning (including time management and exploring personal strengths and weaknesses).

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