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.
There are no entry requirements although any prior reading of Psychology may be helpful. No prior knowledge is assumed.
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
There will be no formal assessment.
There are no additional costs but a recommended further reading list can be provided upon request.
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