CT7066PY - Offending Behaviour and the Criminal Justice System (20 credits)
This module aims to develop understanding of the knowledge and contribution psychology has made to our understanding of criminal behaviour. A range of psychological theories will be examined and evaluated, whilst being situated in a real world context to develop students’ understanding of how these theories are applied. Furthermore, there will be a thorough grounding of the psychological theories and research that have been applied to processes within the criminal justice system from investigative settings (e.g., profiling and eyewitness testimony) to legal procedures (e.g., jury and legal decision making). The module will reflect contemporary global developments within this area of forensic psychology and students will be encouraged to adopt a critical and evaluative approach in their work.
CT7000CLS The Legal Process (10 credits)
This module seeks to provide students with a general awareness and understanding of comparative law and the legal systems (e.g., inquisitorial vs. adversarial systems). It will enable them to appreciate the nature and functions of the criminal and civil justice systems and the distinctions between them. Students will be introduced to the sources of law, the structure of the courts and tribunals, the legal profession, the judiciary and the jury, together with an outline of the procedural and evidential law applicable in trials. The module will be structured so as to place particular emphasis on the role of experts in the Greek legal system.
CT7106PY - Applying Psychology – Investigative Psychology (10 credits)
Investigative psychology is the systematic science that developed out of early ‘offender profiling’ contributions by psychologists and the FBI to police investigations and court cases. In recent years this sub-discipline has become an increasingly dominant area of forensic psychology. Some topics areas of Investigative Psychology are
- Offender and Geographic Profiling
- Psychology of Confession
- Interrogation techniques
- Contract killing
- Lie/Deception Detection
- Cyber crime
CT7067PY – Intervention across different Client Groups (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to provide students with a sound understanding of the theories, research and practice related to intervention with diverse client groups, with a specific focus on violence and sexual offending. This will involve an evaluation of the contribution that psychology has made to the development of rehabilitation and intervention strategies that aim to reduce offending behaviour and initiatives that support victims of crime. The module aims to develop students to be critical and evaluative in their examination of these topics.
CT7057PY - Ethical Research and Methods in Forensic Psychology (40 credits)
The focus of the module is direct practical experience of how to design, conduct, and report quantitative and qualitative research in forensic psychology. The module will provide an interconnected understanding of research methods and designing projects to enable students to progress from the conceptual understanding that is necessary to develop research proposals, through the practical considerations involved in the design and implementation of research designs, to the skills and knowledge required to summarise, analyse and present research findings. This includes developing knowledge and skills in planning, carrying out and writing about research in applied psychology at a postgraduate level, and a sophisticated awareness of problems, issues and ethics in applied research in psychology. As such, this module will enable students to identify a relevant topic for their dissertation, design and plan this project, and identify and undertake relevant ethical processes that are required in completing a dissertation at a postgraduate level.
CT7059PY - Risk Assessment and Management in Forensic Settings (20 credits)
This module aims to provide students with a thorough grounding in the underpinning theory and methods of risk assessment and risk management utilised within forensic settings. A range of methods will be described and critically examined and different types of risk factors will be outlined and protective factors identified. Students will be encouraged to assess the reliability and validity of assessment strategies and to link risk assessments to risk management strategies. The module also provides important preparation for practice providing students with the opportunity to practice identification of appropriate methods of assessing risk and protective factors and identifying risk management strategies based on practice case materials in different settings.
CT7068PY – Professional Practice in Forensic Psychology (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to engage students in considering professional and practice issues in forensic psychology that impact on the work carried out by forensic psychologists in the diverse settings in which they work. The module will examine a range of ethical, legal, organisational, and social issues relating to the application of psychology in different forensic settings, to enable students to evaluate how these issues affect the work carried out in forensic psychology settings.
CT7058PY - Dissertation in Forensic Psychology (40 credits)
The aim of the dissertation is to engage students in supervised but independently undertaken empirical research (following successful ethical approval) at an advanced level. Students will be encouraged to integrate and practice the skills acquired during the course and to investigate in depth at Masters level an area of specific interest to them. Additionally students will be expected to demonstrate a critical and evaluative understanding of the research process including the ethical, theoretical, and methodological issues associated with empirical research in forensic psychology.