Module Identifier CR31220  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Miss Katherine S Williams  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Gareth Norris, Professor John R Williams  
Pre-Requisite CR10120 OR LA39220  
Course delivery Lecture   30 Hours. 1x2 hour and 2 x 1 hour lecture per week  
  Seminars / Tutorials   6 Hours. 3 x 2 hour seminars  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment 1000 word assessed essay Assessed essay of 1000 words required in week 9  50%
Semester Exam1.5 Hours One and a half hour examination One question seen, one question unseen  50%
Supplementary Assessment Retake failed element or elements   
Professional Exemptions Not required for professional purposes  

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to.
1. Show a critical understanding of the interface between psychology and crime.
2. Critically assess the use of psychology in legal decision-making by both lawyers and lay personnel.
3   Critically assess the use of psychology and mental illness as political and legal tools in claims to deliver community safety.
4. Critically assess the physical mechanisms for control and treatment of mental disorder and consider the effect of these interventions on society both nationally and internationally.
5. Critically assess the use of psychology in crime analysis and detection.
6.   Critically assess the use of psychology in punishment and treatment systems.
7. Relate the conceptual ideas discussed on the module to specific case studies.

Brief description

This module will explore the links between psychology and crime. It will include a number of psychological perspectives on criminal behaviour and the criminal justice process. It will consider mental disorder, its psychological and legal meanings and how it links with crime and the legal control of those who suffer from mental disorder. It will also consider links between psychological types and criminal behaviour and how, if at all, this may be used to prevent and control behaviour. Finally, it will consider the use of psychology as a tool for crime investigation and law enforcement.


This module provides an analytical foundation for an understanding of the interaction between psychology, mental disorder, crime and enforcement structures in legal, criminological and moral contexts


Topics Covered Will Include Some or All of the Following:

Psychology and Criminal Behaviour
Genetic and physical factors
Personality Theories
Social Learning theories

Crime, Intent and Mental Illness
Intent and Responsibility
Mentally disordered Offenders
Personality disorders

Personality and Dangerousness
Historical analysis of the connection
Methods of control, physical, psychological, medical.
Control, mental disorder and perceptions of public safety
Moral, media and social discourses

Enforcement, Psychology and Mental Illness
Eyewitness testimony
Interviewing suspects and eliciting confessions
Interviewing suspects who suffer from a mental disorder and eliciting confessions
Psychological weight of different types of evidence
Society'r expectations of punishment
Use of psychology and psychological concepts in treatment/punishment systems
Effective treatments?

Crime Analysis and Offender Profiling
Analysing profiling crime
The FBI'r approach
Competing British approaches
Use of the methodology.

Module Skills

Problem solving Much of the module involves the study of theories developed to explain certain types of behaviour. It also includes consideration of present means of control. Students will have to assess these and apply them in specific case studies.  
Research skills Criminology necessarily involves an interdisciplinary approach therefore students will be introduced to research tools in a number of different subject areas. They will be supported and encouraged develop research skills over these areas. They will be encouraged to read widely and to locate materials both in the library and on-line.  
Communication Oral communication skills will be encouraged in and honed in seminars and also in lectures through interactive learning. Written communication skills will be practised through note taking both in lectures and private study and in formal submission of written work in assignments and examinations  
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be encouraged to practise and test their own learning and ability to use and interact with the materials through interactive leaning in both lectures and seminars.  
Team work This will be developed through exercises in preparation for and during seminars and in exercises and problems set in lectures.  
Information Technology Preparation for seminars, the assignments and the examination will all require use of the library databases and other electronic databases. Students will be referred to useful urls and be encouraged to retrieve data electronically. Students will be encouraged to prepare their assignment electronically  
Application of Number Understanding and evaluating relevant quantitative research data will be a small part of the module  
Personal Development and Career planning Enhanced capacity for independent and critical thought. Good time-management skills in preparing for seminars and submitting work on time.  


This module is at CQFW Level 6