Certificate in Criminal Psychology & Forensics Bundle
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Is your passion to work in crime labs, universities, hospitals, criminal investigation departments of banks, forensic science laboratories, private investigation agencies, and the like? Our Forensics & Criminal Psychology course will introduce you to approaches in understanding crime, mental disorders and their relationship to crime; as well as the science of evidence collection, and how this evidence is analysed.

In part 1 will teach you about why people commit crimes, There are many different theories and approaches to understanding the origins of criminal behaviour. These range from social learning theories to labelling theory and individual differences. It is important to understand different theories in order to nurture a broad understanding of how crime is conceptualised. Once this is in place you can better understand the thoughts and behaviours of criminals and people who cross the boundary of what is considered acceptable in society. 

In part 2 you will learn the relationship between modern science, law and solving crimes as well as learning specific techniques, gathering evidence, the use of scientific principles and more.  You will also learn the principles and methods of traditional sciences as well as specific forensic science techniques such as anthropometry, fingerprinting, and blood stain analysis.  Evidence gathered using scientific principles is prepared for submission in courts where it must be presented impartially, and the ultimate test is how well it stands up in court. 


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Lesson Outlines

Criminal Psychology

1. Dive into Criminal Psychology

The first stage 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. You will develop an understanding of what drives the criminal mind as well as how psychology is used by the police, in the courtroom and how psychology is used in crime prevention. You will also about the links between crime and psychological disorders.  For a full unit outline read more below.
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2. Get an introduction to Forensics

Introduction to Forensics provides students with a broad and comprehensive overview of how forensics is used in the criminal justice system. You will develop an understanding of how forensic science and the law work together to solve crime. The science of evidence collection, and how this evidence is analysed, are also covered in this course. . In addition, you will study criminal profiling, presenting evidence in courtrooms, and how ethical issues can affect the use of forensics in criminal cases. Read more below.

There are 10 lessons in this course:

1. 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
    • Profiling
    • Courts
    • Correctional System

2. Psychological Approaches to Understanding Crime

    • Biological explanations of Crime
    • Phrenology
    • Eugenics
    • XYY Chromosome Model
    • Genetics
    • Twin Studies
    • Adoption Studies
    • Nature, Nurture
    • Environmental Explanations of Crime
    • Family Influence
    • Agency Explanations; Rational Choice Theory

3. Psychology and Understanding Serious Crimes

    • Aggression
    • Different Types of Aggression
    • Terminology
    • 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
    • Familiarity
    • Reinforcement
    • Aggression and Culture
    • Other Factors in Aggression; Alcohol, Pain, Frustration
    • Murder
    • Sexual Assault
    • Stalking
    • Pursuit Behaviour
    • False Stalking Syndrome

4. 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
    • Courts

5. Mental Disorder and Crime 2 – Psychopathy

    • Scope and Nature of Psychopathology
    • Personality Disorder
    • Psychopath
    • Heartless? Emotionless?
    • How do People become Psychopaths
    • Treatment

6. Gender and Crime

    • Scope and Nature of Gender and Crime studies
    • Rates of Crime
    • Murder and Violence
    • Prostitution
    • Case Study –Women Offenders
    • Victims
    • Murder
    • Domestic Violence
    • Sexual Abuse

7. 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

8. 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

9. Psychology in the Courtroom

    • Social Cognition
    • Behaviour
    • Appearance
    • Expectations
    • The Primacy Effect
    • Attribution
    • Schemas and Social Perception
    • Central Traits
    • Stereotypes
    • Social Inference and Decision Making
    • Psychology and the Law
    • Guilt Bias
    • Media Effect
    • Defendant Attributes
    • Attorney Attributes

10. Psychology and Crime Prevention

    • Punishment
    • Types of Punishment
    • History of Punishment
    • Reasons for Punishment
    • Deterrents
    • Punishment and Impartiality

There are 10 lessons in this course:

1. The Nature of Forensic Science

    • Introduction
    • What is Forensic Science?
    • Laboratory Sciences
    • Field sciences
    • Digital services
    • Forensic medicine
    • Origins and Principles of Forensic Science
    • Toxicology
    • Anthropology
    • Fingerprinting
    • Bloodstains
    • Ballistics
    • Documents
    • Criminalistics
    • DNA Profiling
    • Underlying Principles
    • Expert Witness

2. Forensic Science and Law

    • Scientific Principles
    • Validity
    • Feature Comparison Methods
    • Problems with Validity
    • Application of Forensic Science to Law
    • Use of Evidence
    • Relationship With Law
    • Ways of categorising crimes
    • What is Evidence: Direct evidence, Circumstantial evidence
    • Introduction to Types of Physical and Biological Evidence

3. Evidence Collection

    • Chain of Custody
    • Crime Scene Investigations
    • First Respondents
    • Initial Assessment of the Scene
    • Processing the Scene
    • Collection of Samples
    • Completion of Crime Scene Investigation

4. Analysis of Evidence

  • The Purpose of Analysis
  • Principles Underlying Analysis
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Human/User Error
  • Correlation vs Causation
  • Univariate Analysis
  • Types of Evidence
  • Laboratory Analysis
  • Fingerprints
  • DNA
  • Blood
  • Drugs & Toxicology
  • Use of Laboratory Evidence

5. Specialist Forensic Services

  • Civil vs Criminal Courts
  • Types of Forensics Used
  • Digital & Electronic Forensics
  • Gathering Evidence
  • Order of Volatility
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Training in Forensic Psychology
  • What does a forensic psychologist do?

6. Criminology

  • Psychological Theories
  • Psychodynamic Theory
  • Behavioural Theory
  • Social Learning Theory
  • Cognitive Theory
  • Moral Development
  • Personality and Crime
  • Intelligence and Crime
  • Children and Crime
  • Violence in Children
  • Age of Criminal Responsibility

7. Psychological Disorders and Crime

  • What Do We Mean By Mental Health Disorder
  • Mental Health and Criminal Offences
  • Causality
  • Legal Aspects
  • Types of Disorders and Crime
  • Psychoses
  • Personality Disorders
  • Psychopathy
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Schizoid Personality Disorder
  • Substance Use
  • Mental Health in Children and Crime
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder

8. Criminal Profiling and Intelligence

  • Criminal Profiling
  • Role of Forensic Psychologists & Psychiatrists in Profiling
  • Police Profiling
  • Statistical Profiling
  • Applications of Profiling
  • Profiling Typologies
  • Problems with Profiling
  • Intelligence
  • Intelligence Gathering
  • Surveillance
  • Tracking Offenders
  • Crime Analysis

9. Presenting Evidence in Court

  • Evidence
  • Burden of Proof
  • Admissibility of Evidence
  • Admissibility and Forensic Evidence
  • Witnesses and Delivering Testimony
  • Expert Witness Testimony
  • Eye Witness Testimonies

10. Ethical Issues

  • Legislation vs. Legislature
  • The Purpose of the Law
  • The Purpose of Ethics
  • Exercise: The Plank of Carneades
  • Ethical Practice and Forensic Science
  • Ethics as Protective
  • A Note on Jury Tainting
  • Chain of Custody
  • Forensic Practice and Ethics
  • Professional Responsibilities for the Psychology and Counsellor
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Duty of Care
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Group Counselling
  • Children and Persons with Diminished Capacity
  • Multicultural Issues and Respect
  • Client Records and Confidentiality
  • Dual Relationships
  • Professional Consultation
  • Mental Health and Psychology
  • Labelling and Mental Health
  • Ethical implications In Forensic Psychology
  • Confidentiality
  • Best Interests

How it works

When you enrol, we create an account for you in our online learning portal.  There you will be able to access all your course materials, upload assignments, receive feedback and more. 

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites to complete this course. However, you must be able to read, analyse and comprehend, printed information in English, and to write statements and solve problems to complete the course. You must also have reliable access to a computer and a reliable internet connection and have basic computer skills.

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