This ten-week course follows the life cycle of the criminal from birth, capture, the court and finally imprisonment. It is a useful introduction to this applied area of Psychology.
Sessions will include taught content, discussion, video material, and links to online reading and notes.
There are no entry requirements. However, due to the nature of the content, the minimum age is set at 16.
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.
Students will be able to take part in class quizzes based upon the content covered.
There will be a reading list available on request.