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Level: N/A

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Weeks: 10

Hours: 2.00

Start: Various Dates (Please press the Book Now Button to View Dates)

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Interview: N

Course Summary

This ten-week course follows the life cycle of the criminal from birth and capture to court and finally imprisonment.   Sessions will include taught content, discussion, video material, links to online reading and notes.

Due to the nature of the content, the course is aimed at adults. 

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements although any prior reading of Psychology may be helpful. No prior knowledge is assumed.

Course Content

Session 1   How are criminals made? Physiological explanations of crime.

Session 2   What experiences make someone a criminal? The non-physiological explanations of criminals.

Session 3   Are psychopaths all bad?  Criminal thinking patterns.

Session 4   Detecting lies.  Which is more accurate: a machine or a person?

Session 5   The link between interrogation and false confession.

Session 6   The psychology of serial killers.

Session 7   Offender profiling – the FBI Approach

Session 8   Offender profiling – the British Approach

Session 9   Jury decision-making: the role of attractiveness and other variables in court

Session 10 The pathology of power: the Stanford Prison Experiment

How will I be assessed?

There will be no formal assessment.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There are no additional costs but a recommended further reading list can be provided upon request.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

There are many opportunities, both online and via academic institutions, to follow your interest in the subject.


Careers in Psychology are wide ranging. Find out more at: http://www.bps.org.uk/careers-portal

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*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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