PSYCHOLOGY OF CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR - 2018/9

Module code: SOC2074

Module Overview


This module considers the psychological and physiological factors relevant to understanding of criminality. This module introduces you to psychological theories of criminal behaviour, the contexts within which criminal behaviour occurs and the means for managing and evaluating interventions designed to reduce crime and re-offending

Module provider

Sociology

Module Leader

HUBBARD KA Dr (Sociology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: L611

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module content

Indicative content includes:


Psychological theories of criminal behaviour.
Biological theories of criminal behaviour.
Homicide and assault.
Sexual offences.
Juvenile offending.
Mentally disordered offenders.
The psychopath.
Aggression and violence.
The treatment of criminal behaviour.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 2000 WORD ESSAY 50
Examination 1 HOUR EXAM 50

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate understanding of the psychological approaches to criminality, how learning and psycho-biological factors may influence criminal behaviour and  the theoretical and practical approaches

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


1 hour exam
2000 word essay


Formative assessment and feedback

Verbal feedback in tutorials and feedback on essays to inform exam preparation 

Module aims

  • Examine how psychological theory and research has contributed to the study of crime and criminal behaviour.
  • Introduce students to biological theories of criminal behaviour
  • Explore the treatment of criminal behaviour¬†

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 An understanding of the psychological approaches to criminality KC
2 How learning and psycho-biological factors may influence criminal behaviour KC
3 Theoretical and practical approaches to the treatment of criminal behaviour KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to assist students in an understanding of the psychological approaches to criminality, how learning and psycho-biological factors may influence criminal behaviour and the theoretical and practical approaches to the treatment of criminal behaviour

The learning and teaching methods include:

·         Lectures, seminars, class discussion 

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for PSYCHOLOGY OF CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Criminology BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.