Introduction to Investigative Psychology
This unit provides an introduction to the theoretical frameworks, research methodologies and professional applications of Investigative Psychology (IP). Students will acquire an understanding of the emergence of IP from offender profiling activities in the early 1990s and the importance of the empirical research carried out over the last 20 years to advance psychological understanding of criminal behaviour and police investigative processes.
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. Students are 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 students 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 presents theory alongside practice and encourages students to develop an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of forensic psychology, and how this translates into 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.
Offender Assessment and Treatment
Within this unit students will 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 will provide students with an understanding of a variety of assessment and treatment approaches used within public and private sector settings, specifically applied to an offending population.