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Criminal Psychology

March 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Criminological Psychology

Unit Code: PK82CY003

Level: Two

Credit Value: 3

Unit ID: BZW571


Sector: 1.2 Nursing and Subjects and Vocations Allied to Medicine

Last registration date: 31/07/2019

Purpose and Aim:


The learner will: The learner can:
1.  Critically discuss definition of criminal behaviour and approaches to understanding and solving crime.
1.1 Describe biological correlates of crime and the relationship with personality.
1.2 Describe psychological theories of crime, e.g. psychoanalytic theory, learning theories, cognitive theories, etc.
1.3 Illustrate/describe the use of psychological theories in the detection of crime.
2.  Examine the development of behavioural profiling.
2.1 Describe models of profiling.
2.2 Explore the relationship between profiling and behavioural analysis.
2.3 Compare the use of behavioural profiling in the USA and the UK.
3.  Examine the use of forensic psychology.
3.1 Describe aspects of forensic psychology.
3.2 Describe the theories relating to serious crime, e.g. murder.
3.3 Examine the myths and realities relating to serial killers.
3.4 Assess the usefulness of forensic psychology in relation to crime detection.


Assessment Methods:

  • Case study
  • Written question & answer/test/exam
  • Essay
  • Report
  • Oral question and answer
  • Written exercise
  • Group discussion
Assessment Information:

There is no specific assessment information to be used with this unit.

Assessor Requirements:

There is no information regarding specific assessor requirements for this unit. Centres should select assessors who are trained in assessment, and who have subject specific competence to assess at this level.


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