You will complete the twelve modules listed below. The first five 10-credit modules cover the theoretical basis of forensic psychology across a range of settings, through all stages of the criminal justice process, i.e. from investigation to punishment and through care, and as applied to a broad range of crimes. A double (20-credit) module provides an overview of a key aspect of forensic practice, risk assessment and the associated risk management of offenders. Two further 10-credit modules are particular features of this course and explore the legal process (taught by the Coventry Law School), and practice and application in forensic psychology (involving a number of guest speakers who are practitioners in forensic settings). The latter module is delivered in a four day intensive teaching block in June that provides students with a variety of teaching delivery styles. Two modules (30 credits) cover advanced research methods including both quantitative and qualitative methods, and a further 10 credit module focusing on study skills and project planning prepares students for the final module (50 credits), which is an independent research dissertation/project.
Psychology and Criminal Behaviour (M81PY)
- What is criminal behaviour?
- measurement of crime,
- who commits crime?
- theories of crime,
- alternative theories of crime.
Psychology in the Criminal Justice System (M82PY)
- Eyewitness testimony,
- children and vulnerable witnesses/suspects,
- legal decision making,
- confessions and identification,
- recovered memory.
Treatment of Offenders and Victims (M144PY)
- Theory of criminal and civil justice responses to crime,
- what works when rehabilitating offenders?
- prison, secure units and therapeutic communities,
- restorative justice,
- responses to juvenile and female offenders,
- victim issues.
Applied Police Psychology (M141PY)
- Psychology and policing
- crime analysis,
- offender profiling,
- geographic profiling
- psychological autopsy
- hostage and crisis negotiation.
Violent and Sexual Crime (M87PY)
- Theories of violent and sexual crime,
- child sexual abuse and rape,
- domestic violence,
Risk Assessment and Management of Offenders (M143PY)
- Assessment of risk and protective factors,
- forensic risk assessment approaches
- risk assessment methods and tools
- risk management strategies
- linking of risk assessment and risk management.
The English Legal Process (M48CLS)
- Introduction to the criminal justice system,
- introduction to civil justice systems,
- expert testimony and legal issues.
Practice and Application in Forensic Psychology (M86PY)
- Report writing and presentation skills,
- other practitioner skills,
- consultancy and project management,
- ethical codes of conduct,
- legal and social considerations,
- other practice based issues.
Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (M140PY)
- Review of basic research methods and SPSS,
- experimental (and quasi) designs,
- psychometric techniques, questionnaire designs and scaling,
- ANOVA, MANOVA, multiple regression, SEM and path analysis.
Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (M139PY)
- The quantitative-qualitative debate,
- thematic analysis,
- interpretive phenomenological analysis,
- discourse analysis.
Study Skills, Project Planning and Ethics (M142PY)
- Academic essay writing,
- Academic dishonesty and plagiarism,
- Research design and ethics,
- Reflective practice.
- Empirical work on a forensic psychology topic,
- production of literature review and empirical research papers in format suitable for journal article publication.