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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PSY3057
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: WILSON M Dr (Psychology)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Available to final year PSY/APS students. Runs in semester one.
Assessment Pattern

(1) One 2000 word coursework essay (25%) 

(2) One 90 minute examination based on essay questions (75%)


Module Overview
All Level 2 Psychology modules.
Module Aims
To introduce a range of theories and approaches to understanding issues in investigative psychology and to equip students with advanced knowledge and critical understanding of the research and debates in some key areas relating to psychology and the investigation of crime.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module, students will understand the background and role of offender profiling; the strategies used for detecting deception, and identifying false allegations and false confessions, the technique of psychological autopsy and its limitations, and be conversant with the research basis for studying child abductions, homicide and terrorist behaviour.
Module Content
Introduction to forensic and investigative psychology. 
Offender profiling 
Investigating serial rape 
Detecting deception 
False allegations and false confessions 
Psychological autopsy 
Child abductions 
Psychology of terrorism 
Hostage taking
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Combination of lectures and class-room exercises.
Selected Texts/Journals
A list of recommended reading will be provided for each lecture. However, students will be expected to read widely beyond these. Basic texts include:

Adler, J. R. (ed) (2004). Forensic Psychology: Concepts, Debates and Practice. Cullompton: Willan Publishing. 

Canter, D. (2008) Criminal Psychology. London:Hodder Education. 

Davies, G., Hollin, C. and Bull, R. (2008) Forensic Psychology. Chichester: Wiley & Sons.

Howitt, D. (2009). Introduction to Forensic and Criminal Psychology. Essex : Pearson Education.
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