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Course Overview

This course will canvass a range of theoretical and applied issues in forensic and criminal psychology.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Zeshu Shao

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Psychology (PS)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • PS4047 Forensic Psychology (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will canvass a range of theoretical and applied issues in forensic and criminal psychology. Different philosophical traditions will be examined relative to their contemporary influence on how we think about and empirically investigate criminal offending and offenders. Typologies of offending will be examined such as juvenile offenders, violent and sexual offenders, and offenders with mental disorders. Specific issues such as the social context of criminal offending, profiling, detection and deception, criminal justice policy, and therapeutic jurisprudence will also be covered.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

Discussion Board (10%)

Exam (90%)

Alternative Resit Arrangement

Coursework Resubmission

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualUnderstandHave a contextual understanding of past and present influences on the contemporary development of forensic and criminal psycholog
ConceptualUnderstandHave a capacity for attentive exchange, informed argument, and reasoning about forensic and criminal psychology with peers and professionals
ConceptualEvaluateCan effectively communicate theories and models of criminal offending and offenders and has knowledge of the empirical evidence in support of those theories.
ReflectionApplyDevelops an ongoing interest in pursuing further study and/or research in the field of forensic and criminal psychology ( including police psychology)

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