Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 20 Hours Total
Seminars / Tutorials 6hrs : 3 x 2hrs sessions


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  of 3,000 words  100%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  of 3,000 words  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Identify and critically analyse the key areas of psychopathology/mental health in relation to offending;

2. Demonstrate an understanding of and ability to evaluate the context and the social issues involved in understanding mental disorder;

3. Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the limitations in the identification and treatment of psychological problems;

4. Identify the key areas of research and sources of information (e.g. DSM);

5. Critically analyse and evaluate the literature in psychopathology.


1. Serious mental disorders;
2. Assessment tools (e.g. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM));
3. Neurological impairment e.g. The Criminal Brain;
4. Developmental disorders;
5. Substance addiction;
6. Learning disorders e.g. Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and autism;
7. Treatment and prevention.

Brief description

Psychopathology and general mental health issues are becoming increasingly prominent in discourse surrounding crime, imprisonment, and the treatment/rehabilitation of offenders. The module will address the main areas that have been identified as problematic in relation to crime and offending and enable students to appreciate their etiology and prevalence.

Delivering an introduction to the key areas surrounding the identification and treatment of psychopathology and mental health, the module will focus on those areas of mental illness related to offending and criminal behaviour. It will also enable students to recognize the various types of psychopathology and their origins.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Through the critical analysis of research findings students will develop an appreciation of the epidemiology of psychopathological disorders.
Communication Oral communication will be encouraged during interactive seminar discussions on various key aspects of the module. Written skills will be developed through coursework task. Written communication assessed only
Improving own Learning and Performance Seminar discussion and feedback on work will allow students to reflect on their own learning
Information Technology Searches of on-line electronic databases and journals will provide practice in IT skills.
Personal Development and Career planning Preparation for seminars and the assessed assignment will develop time management skills; collation of sources for assessment will nurture research skills; appreciation of complex theoretical issues will develop critical thinking skills.
Problem solving Consideration of the wide range of issues raised in relation to psychopathology will develop and enhance students' critical problem solving skills
Research skills Research skills will be developed by accessing literature on psychopathology
Subject Specific Skills This module provides students with the opportunity to identify, analyse, evaluate and practice a series of skills with respect to psychopathology.
Team work Small group work within seminars and lectures will foster team working.

Reading List

General Text
Wilmshurst, Linda. (c2005.) Essentials of child psychopathology /Linda Wilmshurst. John Wiley & Sons Primo search
Should Be Purchased
Davey, G. (2008) Psychopathology: Research, Assessment and Treatment in Clinical Psychology BPS Blackwell. Primo search
Essential Reading
(2008.) Handbook of forensic mental health /edited by Keith Soothill, Paul Rogers and Mairead Dolan. Willan Primo search Mcmurran, M. and Howard R. (2009) Personality, Personality Disorder and Violence Wiley Primo search Raine, Adrian. (1997.) The psychopathology of crime :criminal behaviour as a clinical disorder. Academic Primo search
Recommended Text
(2006.) Forensic mental health assessment of children and adolescents /edited by Steven N. Sparta, Gerald P. Koocher. Oxford University Press Primo search (2010.) Forensic psychology /edited by Graham J. Towl and David A. Crighton. Wiley-Blackwell Primo search (c2006.) Handbook of mentalization-based treatment /edited by Jon G. Allen and Peter Fonagy. Wiley Primo search Getzfeld, Andrew R. (c2006.) Essentials of abnormal psychology /Andrew R. Getzfeld. John Wiley Primo search Holmes, Ronald M. (c2006.) Suicide : theory, practice, and investigation /Ronald M. Holmes, Stephen T. Holmes. Sage Publications Primo search Wilmshurst, Linda. (c2004.) Child and adolescent psychopathology :a casebook /Linda Wilmshurst. Sage Publications


This module is at CQFW Level 6