Learn from our highly experienced and qualified tutors. Suitable for anyone who works within criminal justice, such as police, social workers, court workers, solicitors, lawyers, probation workers or anyone with an interest in the psychology of crime. This professional development criminology course is offered online and is designed to give you the background knowledge and skills needed to start or improve your career in criminology. Use this course as a stepping stone to a Degree in Psychology or to enhance your existing qualifications in law, psychology, policing and more. Careerline's Certificate in Criminal and Forensic Psychology will introduce you to psychology approaches to understanding crime, mental disorders and their relationship to crime as well as example gender and youth in relation to crime, psychology and the police, the courtroom and psychology and crime prevention. As with all Careerline's Courses you are assigned your own tutor as soon as you enroll, so you will have expert support before you submit your first assignment and the whole way through your studies. For students wishing to use their Certificate to gain entry into University or other courses, an invigilated exam (online) is available.
- Define crime and criminal psychology.
- Discuss psychological theories and approaches to understanding crime.
- Define serious crimes and explain the involvement of psychology.
- Discuss the relationship between a person having a learning disability and committing crime.
- Define psychopathy and discuss psychological theories relating to psychopathy.
- Discuss gender differences associated with crime.
- Discuss the psychological theories relating to youth and crime.
- Discuss how psychology is used by the police.
- Discuss how psychology is used in the court room.
- Discuss the use of psychology in crime prevention.
Detailed Course Outline
This course is made up of a number of lessons or units. Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.
There are 10 lessons in this course:
Introduction to Criminal Psychology
- Definitions of Crime
- Consensus View of what Crime is
- Conflict View of Crime
- Interactionist View of Crime
- Scope of Criminal Psychology
- What Criminal Psychologists do
- Case Study
- Correctional System
Psychological approaches to understanding crime
- Biological explanations of Crime
- XYY Chromosome Model
- Twin Studies
- Adoption Studies
- Nature, Nurture
- Environmental Explanations of Crime
- Family Influence
- Agency Explanations; Rational Choice Theory
Psychology and understanding serious crimes
- Different Types of Aggression
- Drive Theories
- Freudian Theories
- Social Learning Theories
- Biological and Evolutionary Theories
- Types of Aggression
- Aggression an against Outsiders
- Aggression in Species
- Aggression in Humans
- Environmental Influences on Human Aggression
- Imitation or Modelling
- Aggression and Culture
- Other Factors in Aggression; Alcohol, Pain, Frustration
- Sexual Assault
- Pursuit Behaviour
- False Stalking Syndrome
Mental disorder and crime 1 – Learning disabilities and crime
- Meaning of Learning Disabilities
- IQ Testing
- Crime and Intelligence
- Modern Intelligence Testing
- Learning Disabilities and Crime in General
- Sex Offences and People with Learning Disabilities
Mental Disorder and Crime 2 – Psychopathy
- Scope and Nature of Psychopathology
- Personality Disorder
- Heartless? Emotionless?
- How do People become Psychopaths
Gender and Crime
- Scope and Nature of Gender and Crime studies
- Rates of Crime
- Murder and Violence
- Case Study –Women Offenders
- Domestic Violence
- Sexual Abuse
Youth and Crime
- Age of Criminal Responsibility
- Risk Factors
- Mental Health Risk
- Conduct Disorders
- ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
- Cumulative Affect of Risk Factors
- Prevalence and Offending
- Case Studies
- Young People as Victims
Psychology and the Police
- Social Construction of Reported Crime
- Eyewitness Testimony
- Early Research
- Schemas and EWT
- Police Line Ups
- Every day Uses of Psychology by Police
Psychology in the Courtroom
- Social Cognition
- The Primacy Effect
- Schemas and Social Perception
- Central Traits
- Social Inference and Decision Making
- Psychology and the Law
- Guilt Bias
- Media Effect
- Defendant Attributes
- Attorney Attributes
Psychology and Crime Prevention
- Types of Punishment
- History of Punishment
- Reasons for Punishment
- Punishment and Impartiality
When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.
Dr Nicholas Harris B. Psychology (Hons I), PhD
Nicholas is a social psychologist; he studies and teaches on topics involving group-level and individual-level behavior, as well as examining the effect of the situation. Nicholas has been involved in writing textbooks and research papers in psychology. Nicholas’ teaching experience is vast; he has taught social psychology, indigenous and intercultural psychology, statistics, research methods, psychological measurement and assessment, personality, organizational psychology, counselling skills, and ethics. Nicholas has also completed a number of short courses on counselling and suicide prevention, and has volunteered for a number of years with Lifeline. Nicholas has supervised a number of honours and master’s research theses.
How It Works
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2. Get Help & Support
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3. Receive Certificate
Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I pay in installments?
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Can I study from anywhere in the world?
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Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?
Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.
Do I have to sit an Exam?
No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.
Do you have set start dates?
There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.