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This module focuses on how psychological theory and research can be used to explain the causes of criminal behaviour and unpack how thinking and behaviour may differ within offender populations. It will introduce pivotal theories, such as personality theories and how these apply to explaining criminal behaviour. Students will also gain a critical awareness of how psychological constructs, such as intelligence and psychopathy, have been explored within research. The module will demonstrate how these concepts map onto interventions intended to reduce risk of offending/reoffending.
Key concepts from psychology and how these link to offender groups, offending behaviour and/or rehabilitation of offenders. Example topics include:
Personality theories and crime (e.g. Eysenck)
Intelligence and how treatment programmes can be adapted to ensure responsivity
‘Motivation’ and how we locate this within treatment approaches (e.g. Good Lives Model)
Aggression and violence (e.g. social learning theory)
Personality disorder, psychopathy and crime
Assessment and prediction of risk
Design and evaluation of psychometric tools to measure offenders’ criminogenic needs
A student passing this module should be able to:
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