Catalogue of Modules, University of Nottingham

C84F01 Criminological Psychology: Theories of Criminal Behaviour
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Doctorate in Forensic Psychology, MSc. by Research Forensic and Criminological Psychology

Taught Semesters:

SemesterAssessment
Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  An overview of psychological theories associated with crime and offending.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 5 weeks1 per week6 hours
Lecture 5 weeks1 per week2 hours 30 mins

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 100 3,000 words max. essay 

Convenor: 
Dr S Chou
Dr S Duff

Education Aims:  

Will be familiar with major psychological and alternative theories of crime and criminality.

Will also be aware of factors associated with crime and patterns of crime.

Will have a critical understanding of methods of defining and recording crime.

Learning Outcomes:  

Knowledge and understanding of the theoretical basis of offending behaviours.

Intellectual skills: analyse and interpret evidence relevant to the treatment and rehabilitation of offenders.

Transferable skills:

Communicate effectively in writing.

Retrieve information from databases and the Internet.

Reflect upon and assess their own progress in academic writing.

Offering School:  Medicine


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