Forensic Psychology

When and Where

16 Jul 2019 - 18 Jul 2019 (6 hours, 2 days)
Days and times
Tuesday 18:00 - 21:00
Thursday 18:00 - 21:00
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee

Quick Facts

Richard Mccabe
Course code

What you will learn

Explore the psychology behind offending looking at a number of leading theories which explain anti-social and criminal behaviour. We will also look at how forensic psychologists attempt to identify offenders and how they work with them towards rehabilitation.  

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Understand how psychology informs an understanding of criminal behaviour and deviance
  • Understand how the nature of culture and society influences particular types of criminal behavior
  • Understand how offender profiling works and how this relates to theories and approaches in academic psychology
  • Understand the key role played by early childhood experiences in future criminal behavior

Class format and activities

An introduction to different approaches within psychology will be presented in the classes in the form of short lectures. Topics will include: developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, personality psychology, abnormal psychology, biological psychology and evolutionary psychology. After this different case studies will be presented and the contribution to their understanding by different psychological theories will be discussed. We will also look at the contribution to this field by professional profilers both in the USA and UK and how these are informed by the different psychological approaches. It is hoped that students can bring their own perspectives, ideas and insights based on their reading and experience to the issues we will discuss in class.

Constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor will help you succeed during the class.

Entry requirements

No previous knowledge of forensic psychology or criminology is required but having an interest in these areas is important.

What you will need for your class

Handouts and recommendations for further reading will be given in class. A notepad and pen will be useful.

What you can do next

After this course you might be interested in taking one of the Access courses in the Humanities or Social Sciences here at Morley College