SS7085 - Psychology and Crime (2020/21)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2020/21|
|Module title||Psychology and Crime|
|Module level||Masters (07)|
|Credit rating for module||20|
|School||School of Social Sciences|
|Total study hours||200|
|Running in 2020/21||
The main aim of this module is to provide students with core knowledge and understanding of approaches to explaining criminal behaviour and its impact upon individuals and society. More specifically, the aims are:
To provide an overview of the measurement of crime and factors influencing the degree of error in this measurement.
To provide an account of psychological factors that are related to or help to explain crime at both a general level and in terms of specific offences (e.g., arson) and specific offender groups (e.g., juveniles).
To evaluate the contribution of psychology to the explanation of criminal behaviour relative to and in interaction with explanatory frameworks and factors from other disciplines.
To provide a brief introduction to victimology.
The syllabus will include coverage of topics such as those listed below.
• Definitions and measurement of crime; Impact of variations in crime figures on the development of theories of criminal behaviour and the development of crime prevention policy (LO1);
• Explanations of general criminal behaviour from a psychological perspective (e.g., social development, moral reasoning, intelligence, personality, mental health, parenting styles, attachment and maternal deprivation, neuropsychology, etc) (LO2);
• Explanations of general criminal behaviour from non-psychology or multi-disciplinary perspectives; (LO1)
• Explanations of criminality in specific offender groups (e.g., the personality disordered);(LO2, LO3)
• Explanations of particular types of offending (e.g., violent offending);(LO3)
• Fear of crime and victims of crime.(LO4)
Leaning Outcomes LO1 - LO 4
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
Each week, this module will be delivered through a one-hour lecture, and a one hour seminar or workshop. The reading and workshops will be support by weblearn and students will be encouraged to engage in debate, presentations and web materials as well as attending lectures and seminars.
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Discuss different definitions of crime and different methods for assessing the rate and prevalence of crime
2. Critically evaluate psychological factors in the explanation of criminal behaviour
3. Present and evaluate explanations of criminality in different groups of offenders (e.g., juveniles, women, the elderly) or in particular types of offending (e.g., violent, sexual, serial, terrorist, etc.)
4. Outline the impact of criminal behaviour on victims and potential victims of crime.
Assessment consists of one 4,000-word essay (100% of marks). The assessment is predicated upon thorough academic analysis, and appropriate student reading and research