This Criminal Psychology course can be studied in two ways; either as an additional study to a Level 3 Criminology course or with no knowledge prior to enrolment. This area of study incorporates different terms such as: Forensic, Criminological, Legal and Police Psychology; but your course will be focused on Criminal Psychology. There are many different sectors that deal with the psychology behind criminals, their actions and behaviours independently. Not only that but they also incorporate law, punishment and rehabilitation of convicted criminals.
Criminal Psychology is the comprehensive synopsis of the field and teaches the psychology behind the criminal and the reasoning for their behaviour. Which is why this course will teach you to understand how phases of a criminal’s life can affect their behaviours. We will do this by, first, assessing the bio psychosocial and developmental reasoning behind crime and the category of the crime committed. This in turn can help us understand the use of psychology in crime investigation; cultivating in a final discussion on the important bearing of psychology in the justice system.
In this course cover an array of interesting topics; ranging from theories of crimes to the nature of actual crime committed. We look at different profiling techniques in addition to other tools used when investigating a criminal offence.
It has been argued that forensic and criminal psychology are the two sides of the same coin. Therefore, in our final course section we cover a few topics covered by Legal Psychology; which is widely considered a sub-discipline of both Forensic and Criminal psychology.