This programme is designed for anyone interested in the psychology of crime and learning more about the use of psychology in crime, its detection and prevention. The course will enables learners to: (1) Recognise how different research methods can help us research criminal behaviours, (2) Understand how psychology can help us to understand why some people turn to crime, (3) Appreciate how criminal psychology can be useful to criminal investigations, (4) understand how criminal psychology can be useful in prosecutions, and (5) Recognise how criminal psychology can be help convicted criminals.
Your Tutor will support you throughout the duration of the course. You complete the course by undertaking activities and assignments. Our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that support is available for your course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.
By choosing to study this course with CMIT, Students have 24×7 access to CMIT eLearning for the duration of the course. This includes a comprehensive Course Manual, Video, Quizzes and personalised Tutor Support. The course documentation for this course is detailed and easy to read. You will also be able to upload assessments online and receive online feedback. You can use the eLearning system from any computer that has internet access.
Who should complete this course?
- Anyone interested in criminology and learning more about crime and its causes.
- Members of the Gardai Siochana or support services.
- People who work in the security and crime prevention industry.
- Those involved in working with young people in supporting youth crime prevention.
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Topics covered in this Course
Unit 1 : Introduction
- Defining criminal psychology
- Scope of criminal psychology
- Roles of the criminal psychologist
Unit 2: Researching Criminal Behaviours
- The scientific method of psychological research
- Ethical considerations of psychological research
- Designing a research study/experiment
Unit 3: How Criminal Psychological can be used to Understand Crime
- Factors that influence the incidence of criminal activity
- The major perspectives that try to explain causes of criminal behaviour
- Developmental theories
Unit 4: How Criminal Psychology can be used in Criminal Investigations
- Investigating a crime
- Witness reliability
- Factors that affect memory acquisition
- Factors that affect memory retention
- Factors that affect memory retrieval
- Interviewing witnesses
- Interviewing suspects
- Detecting lies
- Detecting false confessions
- Offender profiling
- Geographic profiling
Unit 5: How Criminal Psychology can be used in Prosecutions
- An overview of courtroom procedures
- How witnesses can affect a jury’s decision
- How child witnesses can affect a jury’s decision
- How expert witnesses can affect a jury’s decision
- How the judicial system can affect a jury’s decision
- How the juror reaches a decision
- Group decision making
- Group behaviour
Unit 6: How Criminal Psychology can be used with Convicted Criminals
- A Brief history of punishments
- The range of punishments
- Problems inmates encounter in prison
- Support available in prisons
- Alternatives to imprisonment
- Rehabilitating prisoners
- Offender behaviour programmes
- This course is assessed through a series of tutor marked assignments. There is no exam with this course.
- At the end of this course successful learners will receive a certificate of achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course). The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing Ltd has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner. The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing Ltd to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.
- An ABC Awards Level 3 is roughly equivalent to a Level 5 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications.
- Please note that there is a Eur60 fee payable for administration, moderation and certification.
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