Forensic psychologists are concerned with the application of psychology to the criminal justice system, and with understanding the psychological processes related to criminal behaviour. They are sometimes known as 'criminal psychologists' or 'investigative psychologists'. Forensic psychology is often perceived as concerning criminal investigation and profiling. While this is one aspect it is not the only one, forensic psychology also relates to the assessment and treatment of criminal behaviour. Forensic psychologists work not only with prisoners and offenders but also other professionals involved in the judicial and penal systems. In this Forensic Psychology Diploma we will adopt a research perspective to forensic psychology, beginning with a brief introduction to research methodologies followed by a very basic introduction to statistics for research.
The Forensic Psychology Diploma then examines the psychology of violent crime and gives the student the opportunity to conduct their own research into the links between a particular mental disorder of their choice, and violent crime. Following on from this the Forensic Psychology Diploma makes a brief examination of serial murder and the different causal factors that have been put forward as contributing to the development of the serial killer. The student is then invited to use their learning to date, together with their own research, to explore three serial killers and to produce a report of approximately five hundred words which examines the personas of the chosen serial killers in relationship to the popular urban myths identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and explain which they believe hinders the investigation of serial murder.
The Forensic Psychology Diploma then proceeds to examine the links between substance abuse serious crime, violent crime, acquisitive crime and mental disorder and governmental responses to substance abuse. The student is given a further opportunity to conduct their own research to show how a local intervention programme in their area is evidencing the success or otherwise of The Government Drug Strategy. The student will then examine different aspects of the distressing crime of child abuse and then asked to conduct research into child abuse within the Roman Catholic Church. Much has been written about this issue and the student is asked to use the knowledge they have gained from the course, and from conducting their own research, into the responses of the media, government departments and the Roman Catholic church, to write a report of approximately 500 words on how effective or ineffective these responses have been. They are also required to suggest ways that academic research might help to produce an understanding of how such crimes could have occurred over such a lengthy period of time.
The student is then led to the courtroom and an examination of criminal responsibility and psychiatric defences. Students are then requested to conduct their own research into the Yorkshire Ripper murders and the trial of Peter Sutcliffe. They will produce an assignment of approximately five hundred words, discuss the jury's finding in respect of Sutcliffe, and discuss whether evidence was produced to show that Sutcliffe was insane. Following from these modules students will look at some mental disorders that have been put forward as defences in criminal trials. These include; Dissociative Identity Disorder (Multiple Personality Disorder), Dissociative Amnesia and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. They will also be given the opportunity to conduct research into Dissociative Identity Disorder.
The Forensic Psychology Diploma continues with a brief examination of eye witness testimony and the evidence of children, after which students will again develop their knowledge by conducting their own research. Our aim is to provide you with the best deal available when purchasing the Forensic Psychology Diploma, therefore registration fee, certification fee and full tutor support is included in the course price for you. If you would like to find out more about becoming a Forensic Psychologist please visit Forensic Psychology Centre.
You will receive full personal tutor support by mail and email. Our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your Forensic Psychology Diploma. You can be assured that support is available for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies. You have the freedom to start the Forensic Psychology Diploma at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration.
Completion of the research based learning activities accompanying each module contributes 70% of the assessment for the award of the Forensic Psychology Diploma. The last module of the course requires the student to produce a research proposal based on activities carried out during the Forensic Psychology Diploma. The student will be required to plan, conduct and report on a research project of their choice. The report will be approximately 5,000 words, that is 15 x A4 typed pages of 1.5 spacing. This research will account for the final 30% assessment for the Forensic Psychology Diploma.
- Module 1: Introducing Research Methods
- Module 2: Introducing Basic Statistics
- Module 3: Psychology and Violent Crime
- Module 4: Serial Killers
- Module 5: Crime and Substance Abuse
- Module 6: Child Abuse
- Module 7: The Evidence of Children
- Module 8: Criminal Responsibility and Psychiatric Defences
- Module 9: Mental Disorder as a Defence
- Module 10: Eyewitness Testimony
- Module 11: Psychology in a Correctional Setting
- Module 12: Psychology and Police Selection, Recruitment and Training
- Module 13: Police Stress
- Module 14: The Decision to Assist
- Module 15: The Research Proposal and the Research Project Report
This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by NCC Resources Limited which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to courses. At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 3 (using Ofqual's Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.
No prior knowledge within this subject is necessary to complete the Forensic Psychology Diploma.
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