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C84F03 Forensic Mental Health
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Doctorate in Forensic Psychology, MSc by Research in Criminological Psychology, MSc Mental Health Research, PGDip Mental Health Research, PGCert Mental Health Research

Taught Semesters:

SemesterAssessment
Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module critically examines the relationship between the spectrum of psychological disorders – from neurotic disorders to personality disorders and the psychoses - and criminal offending. It will also examine the psychological processes that underlie such a relationship, and developmental precursors of adult criminality.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 8 weeks1 per week6 hours

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 3000 word max. case formulation 

Convenor: 
Dr V Egan

Education Aims:  The module aims to provide students with knowledge about the range of psychological disorders found among offenders considered to be mentally disordered, the psychological processes that are thought to underlie the link between mental disorder and crime, and the developmental precursors of such linkage.

Learning Outcomes:  

• Knowledge of the range of personality disorders and their relationship to crime.

• Knowledge of the psychoses and their relationship to crime.

• Knowledge of the role of co-morbid disorders such as alcohol and drug abuse, anxiety disorders.

• Knowledge of the role that developmental factors play in linking mental disorder to crime.

• Ability to critically appraise the literature on mental disorders and crime.

• Knowledge of mental health legislation, patients’ rights and advocacy.

Offering School:  Medicine


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