Personal and Professional Development
This unit supports personal and professional development through your identification and monitoring of learning objectives and personal goals within a critical and supportive academic community. The unit promotes ongoing reflection, completion of personal development records, planning and participating.
Psychology and Law
The overall aim of this unit is to introduce how psychology is applied in legal settings. Topics covered include: psychologists as expert witnesses, the role of psychologists in the criminal and civil courts, the role of psychologists in mental health law and psychological assessment in legal settings. You'll be encouraged to integrate theory with the development of practical skills to enhance their understanding of the topic and their professional development.
Qualitative Methods in Psychology
The overall aim of this unit is to provide a background to qualitative research concerned with social action and the role of individual subjectivity. The rationale for qualitative research approaches differentiated from the quantitative tradition is elaborated with reference to specific methodological frameworks. The unit covers a wide range of qualitative methods, with a focus on how to apply these in practice. Approaches to qualitative analysis are also covered, and you'll receive practical experience of data collection and analysis in teaching sessions, as well as training on being reflexive in research.
Quantitative Methods in Psychology
The unit introduces advanced techniques for quantitative data analysis and provides you with the opportunity to apply these to datasets in a workshop format. It is related to the themes of applied practice and applied psychology.
The overall aim of this unit is to develop your independent research skills. It is related to the themes of applied psychology, social and personal change and applied practice. The research may be desktop, laboratory based or field based; may be experimental or non-experimental; qualitative or quantitative and or collaborative with external agencies (if necessary). Reports of the work can take one of two forms: a standard thesis (incorporating references to literature, ethical issues) or a journal article (prepared to specification)
Theory and Practice in Forensic Psychology
This unit is designed to develop an understanding of forensic psychology theory and practice, viewing theory and practice as complementary components in forensic psychology. This unit forms part of core learning and provides key foundations for skill and knowledge development.
This unit will cover:
- a critical and theoretical introduction to forensic psychology
- the context and development of forensic psychology research
- psychological explanations of offending behaviour and reducing reoffending
- the application of forensic knowledge to custodial and community settings;theoretical perspectives of victimology and the impact of crime on victims;
- theory and research regarding working with different offender groups
- the importance of ethical and professional issues
- approaches to training other professionals in forensic psychology-related knowledge and skills
- professional training options in Forensic Psychology; & the skills necessary for forensic psychology practice (e.g. critical thinking, reflective practice.)
This unit meets the BPS Standards for Accreditation of MSc Programmes in Forensic Psychology in the following areas:
- Critically evaluating the current knowledge, theory and evidence base relevant to the discipline and understanding that this is an important first step for all forensic practice;
- Identifying and developing skills and capabilities relevant to progression to forensic psychology practice;
- Applying relevant ethical, legal and professional practice frameworks (e.g. BPS, HCPC);
- Communicating effectively;
- Critically reflecting on and synthesising information to inform the development of a professional identity as a trainee forensic psychologist.
This unit will contribute to the following curriculum areas:
- Criminal justice context for forensic psychology
- Client groups
- Development and training
- Advice and consultancy
Sessions will be run on a workshop/lecture basis, with topics introduced, interwoven with exercises intended to illuminate key areas and provide a basis for interactive learning. Materials will be provided through Moodle.
Offender Assessment and Treatment
Within this unit you'll develop a critical overview of specialist applications of forensic psychology in relation to diverse groups of offenders, in terms of assessment, formulation, management, and treatment. The unit provides you with an understanding of a variety of assessment and treatment approaches used within public and private sector settings, specifically applied to an offending population.
Unit information TBC.