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The study of Psychology with Criminology provides the perfect combination of skills to interpret human behaviour, investigate motivation and mental processes and then apply what you have learnt in a criminal context. Only by getting into the mind of a criminal, can you begin to understand what causes a person to commit a crime.

Taught by research-active academics in modern facilities, you will explore a range of psychology and criminology modules including contemporary policing and crime and punishment. You will also have the opportunity to analyse global issues, from the point of view of both offender and victim.

A final year research project can be tailored towards your interests and careers aspirations and you will graduate with the knowledge and skills needed for a career in research, education or psychology, or within the criminal justice system.

Graduates will be eligible to apply for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society.


90% of students are satisfied with this course overall (National Student Survey, 2016)

The study of Psychology with Criminology provides the perfect combination of skills to interpret human behaviour, investigate motivation and mental processes and then apply what you have learnt in a criminal context. Only by getting into the mind of a criminal, can you begin to understand what causes a person to commit a crime.

Taught by research-active academics in modern facilities, you will explore a range of psychology and criminology modules including contemporary policing and crime and punishment. You will also have the opportunity to analyse global issues, from the point of view of both offender and victim.

A final year research project can be tailored towards your interests and careers aspirations and you will graduate with the knowledge and skills needed for a career in research, education or psychology, or within the criminal justice system.

Graduates will be eligible to apply for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society.


90% of students are satisfied with this course overall (National Student Survey, 2016)

Course Information


Level of Study

Mode of Study
3 years full time/4 years full time with optional study abroad year


Northumberland Building, Newcastle City Campus


September 2019

Deparment / Psychology

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The carefully selected psychology and criminology modules blend practical and theoretical content. Your practical skills will be developed through hands-on learning sessions in specialist learning laboratories, and learning is reinforced through traditional lectures and seminars. We run a number of guest lectures and networking opportunities with expert practitioners to bring these subjects to life and you will be able to apply your theoretical knowledge to real social issues during an optional field trip to Amsterdam as part of the Crime and Society module.

We believe in innovative teaching and use social media, apps and podcasts along with the eLearning Portal, lecture capture and online submission and feedback tools to support your learning.

You will be assessed through written assignments, oral and poster presentations, and examinations, culminating in a final year research project, driven by your personal interests and career aspirations.

You will learn from inspirational, approachable, research-focused staff who are passionate about their subject and who are at the forefront of developments in the field. With a teaching team spanning a range of nationalities, we have formed global networks and partnerships through research and teaching which you can draw from to enhance your learning.

Across the department we specialise in areas as diverse as sleep research; identity; trust and security in social media; human mating preferences and attractiveness; body image; developmental and child psychology; and communications technology. Whatever your interests, our staff have the knowledge to support you in developing your own research skills and interests.

At Northumbria we value the importance of practical experience so we provide you with access to dedicated specialist and flexible teaching laboratories. Many of your teaching sessions will be held in the labs, and led by research-active staff. You can also book the rooms for your own project work and individual study.

There is an extensive collection of psychological testing material to support your learning, including current editions of most of the widely used group and individual tests. You will also benefit from being immersed in an active research environment with access to Northumbria’s innovative research centres.

Research excellence is embedded within every stage of the course. Staff are actively engaged in a wide range of research with almost three-quarters of Northumbria’s psychology research being judged to have outstanding reach and significance for its impact, placing us top 20 in the UK (REF 2014).

Psychology research is centred around the theme of Psychology and Wellbeing and this is reflected in our research specialisms of Brain Performance and Nutrition, Communication Technologies, Sleep Research, Evolution Perception and Behaviour, Language and Cognition and Cognition across the Lifespan. State-of-the-art facilities and expert staff in each area allow you to learn from those at the cutting-edge of their subject. For your final year project you will be matched with an academic closely aligned to your area of specialism to ensure you have access to the most relevant knowledge and expertise.

Exploring the application of psychology and criminology to the real world, you will develop core transferable skills such as communication, independent learning, reflection, problem solving and awareness of ethics that are essential in the psychology sector.

You will be able to tailor the subject of your final year research project to suit your career aspirations and build key skills in time and project management, communicating with a range of audiences, ethical awareness, and data analysis which, again, are valuable to employers.

With accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS) to provide Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), the BSc in Psychology and Criminology has been developed with employability in mind.

The Psychology and Criminology degree at Northumbria is designed to not only develop your understanding of psychology and criminology but also your valuable self-development skills such as critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, interpersonal skills and teamwork. You will graduate with practical experience, analytical and research skills along with the confidence and independent learning ability that will stand you in good stead for a variety of careers.

With the opportunity to apply for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) you can take your first steps to becoming a Chartered Psychologist and follow a career path into research, education or specialisms in psychology, and with the option to work in the criminal justice system.

Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

This course will suit anyone who is fascinated by the human mind, what makes people behave as they do and what motivates them to commit a crime. If that’s you, then Psychology with Criminology could be the course for you. 

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

128-136 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design/Art Design and Media The Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design/Art Design and Media is also accepted in combination with other qualifications

Scottish Highers:

BBBBC - BBBBB at Higher level, BCC - BBB at Advanced Higher

Irish Highers:


IB Diploma:

128-136 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 27 credits at Distinction and 18 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually fro

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

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    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here

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    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

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Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000


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Modules Overview


Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

CR4001 -

Explaining Crime: An Introduction to Criminology (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will be introduced to the study of crime, the core themes and issues associated with criminological knowledge and methods of enquiry, as well as the key issues and debates within the discipline of criminology.
Weekly lectures and seminars will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to introduce you to key issues in the definition and conceptualisation of crime, deviance and control; to situate the study of crime and criminology within the interior and exterior contexts of theory, research, policy and practice; to provide an understanding of some key perspectives, approaches and methods of studying crime and criminology; and to allow you to undertake study on all aspects of the module culminating in 1. writing an essay and 2. producing a group poster presentation, which together will demonstrate your detailed knowledge and understanding of one particular type of crime, and how you might use one particular theory to explain why people commit this crime type.

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CR4004 -

Victims and Victimisation (Core,20 Credits)

Talk about crime often focuses on the offender – what they have done, why they have done it, what we happen to them and so on – almost to the point where the victims of crime is overlooked or even ignored altogether. Criminologists, for instance, have often been accused of this. Similarly, it is often argued that the criminal justice system has paid limited attention to victims of crime in their pursuit of ‘catching criminals’. In this module, however, you will consider these arguments and shed light on the vitally important aspects of crime: the victim of crime, the wider processes of victimisation, and the service provision for victims of crime. In doing this, you will explore the expanding work in the sub-discipline of criminology called victimology, and focus on three key issues: (1) the influence of social variables – such as class, age, race, gender and sexuality – on victimisation, (2) the relationship between victims and witnesses of crime; and (3) contemporary case studies – such as sex work, human trafficking, cyber-victimisation and hate crime – to see how victimisation operates within these issues.

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JE5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Applied Sciences (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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PY0416 -

Introduction to Psychology (Core,20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to four key perspectives of psychology: social, biological, developmental and cognitive psychology.
In the social component you will learn how we navigate through our social world. This will include theories relating to impression formation, persuasion, and social influence. These theories will be exemplified with real-world examples to help demonstrate their practical implications.
The biological psychology component will introduce you to the key biological processes, for example, genetics, nervous, hormone and neurotransmitter systems that underpin psychology and behaviour. You will also learn about conditions that can occur when these how biological processes become faulty.
In the developmental psychology component you will learn how people develop across their lifetime. This component will discuss theories relating to attachment, intelligence, and developmental disorders and psychopathology. You will be provided with real-world examples to help you develop your understanding of how these theories can be applied.
The cognitive component will discuss key topics in this area, including memory, language, and perception. You will learn the basic aspects of cognition that are used in everyday life. You will also learn about psychological conditions associated with cognitive processes.

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PY0417 -

Psychological Research Methodologies (Core,20 Credits)

This module will provide you with an introduction to quantitative data analysis, i.e. statistics. You will gain an understanding of fundamental concepts and principles in statistics. These include levels of measurement; standardised effect size measures; sample distributions, standard errors and confidence intervals; and statistical significance testing and the problems it causes.

In addition to basic principles, you will learn about a range of frequently used techniques for data analysis using the programmes SPSS and ESCII. For each of the techniques you will learn to identify when it is suitable to use; how to run the analysis; how to report its results to experts and lay people; and how to use these result to inform your critical judgement about your own research and that of others. The techniques you will learn about include descriptive statistics; the estimation of standardised effect sizes; t-tests and their non-parametric alternatives; chi2 to analyse proportions; meta-analysis; correlation; linear regression; and ANOVA.

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PY0418 -

Qualitative Psychological Laboratory Experience and Skills (Core,20 Credits)

The module is designed to introduce you to the basic principles of qualitative research skills.

On this module you willl learn about qualitative research methodologies, written and verbal communication skills and other transferrable skills within Psychology. You will plan, conduct and report qualitative research studies in both formative and summative assessments. In addition, you will learn about research ethics, good practice in research and demonstrate a range of transferrable skills including communication skills and an understanding of the role of teamwork.

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PY0419 -

Quantitative Psychological Laboratory Experience and Skills (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will work in groups to learn how to design, conduct and report psychological research using quantitative methodologies. Individually, you will engage in the research process as both ‘researcher’ and ‘participant’, using a range of hard copy and software based data collection tools. You will learn how to handle data and present research findings, including the use of tables and figures, in scientific reports and oral presentations. You will discuss and evaluate ethical considerations in psychological research and learn how to write ethics documents in accordance with current conventions.

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CR5004 -

Policing and Regulation (Core,20 Credits)

Historically, it can be argued that the social sciences have paid little attention to those stages in the criminalisation process which intervene between legislation and the application of penal measures to the convicted offender. Specifically, systematic and critical analysis and research into policing and law enforcement agencies only emerged and developed during the second half of the twentieth century. Indeed, it was an epistemological break during the 1960s which first opened the intellectual floodgates to the study of policing. Since then, the nature of policing has radically evolved and expanded – with an increased scrutiny of the public police, considerable growth of private security, and the formal regulation of goods, services and people. It is these contemporary parameters of policing and regulation, through a critical examination of contemporary theory, empirical, policy and practice perspectives that inform the content of this module.

The module is split into four parts:

Part 1 is concerned with laying the theoretical foundation needed to develop a critical understanding of policing and regulation. Here you will explore the differences between ‘the police’ and ‘policing’ and ‘regulation’ and you will examine some of the key sociological theories and concepts that attempt to rationalise these formal mechanisms in society e.g. risk, Marxism, neoliberalism and globalisation.

In Part 2, you will learn all about public policing in England and Wales. You will track the historical development of the public police and explore the social, economic and political developments that have shaped the role and function, structure and accountability frameworks. You will examine key stakeholders, different models of policing, and contemporary reform initiatives. You will also compare the public police in England and Wales with other jurisdictions (to include Scotland and Northern Ireland).

Part 3 you will focus on the growth of private security and organisations involved in policing beyond the public police. You will examine reasons for this growth and critically explore some of the contemporary challenges. You will also learn about hybrid models of policing where public and private police provisions work collaboratively.

In Part 4, examples of increased regulation in society will be scrutinised. You will examine the regulation of people (e.g. through immigration mechanisms; environmental/climate quotas); goods (e.g. drugs; counterfeit items and animals); and service (e.g. sex work). The correlation between regulation and policing will be explored.

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CR5005 -

Prisons and Punishment (Core,20 Credits)

Punishing people for breaking the law is clearly one of the most important elements of the criminal justice system. But how are people punished? Why are people punished? Is punishment really the best way to change people’s future behaviour?

This is an important module for all students studying any aspect of criminology, and it will ask you to think about whether and how different penal theories (ideas about punishment) are practised in the UK and around the globe. For example, is it possible to have an effective criminal justice system that has elements of both retributive and reparative justice? How might these possibly competing ideas work in harmony? Can we punish people for the things that they have done wrong, while at the same time try to get people to address their offending behaviour?

We will then explore the role and emergence of the modern prison in England and Wales. We will look at internal cultures and organisation of prisons and community sentences. We will consider how they are managed and inspected, and how news about the state of prisons is communicated to the ‘outside’ world. Most importantly we will consider the impact on prisoners and offenders of policy changes over the last 50 years. This will include comparing styles of policy and practice in Europe (including looking at Nordic exceptionalism), the ‘Americanisation’ of the penal system, and the role of privatisation on prisons and community sentences.

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PY0546 -

Advanced Qualitative and Survey Methods and Lab Experience (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the more common advanced qualitative research methodologies and associated analyses employed in psychological studies. You will also learn how to design psychometric survey instruments and the process this involves. The module aims to provide practical skills in research design and operationalisation, the analysis of data and the interpretation, evaluation and subsequent reporting of research findings. In addition, you will have the opportunity to apply these research skills to the core areas of social and developmental psychology.

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PY0547 -

Psychobiology, Cognition and Individual Differences (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the psychobiological basis of human behaviour, memory and cognition, and individual differences, covering conceptual and historical development of the area as well as contemporary literature and debates. You will apply basic concepts of biological psychology to complex human behaviours like drug addiction, stress and aggression. You will also earn about a range of theoretical and applied topics within memory and cognition such as memory and attention, memory disorders and applied memory research. In addition, the module will cover the nature and dynamics of intelligence, the reasons why people differ in intelligence and personality, and where individual differences in intelligence and personality originate.

These three perspectives will be contextualised through the use of case studies and/or expert opinion embedded into the lecture series which will form the basis for points of discussion in the lectures. Towards the revision stage of the module you will be provided with guidance on literature searching, critical thinking skills and essay writing skills.

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PY0548 -

Advanced Experimental Methods and Lab Experience (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the more common advanced quantitative research methodologies and associated analyses employed in psychological experiments. The module aims to provide practical skills in research design and operationalisation, the analysis of data (using a computer package where appropriate), and the interpretation, evaluation and subsequent reporting of research findings. In addition, you will learn about research ethics, and have the opportunity to apply these research skills to the core areas of psychobiology, cognitive psychology and the study of individual differences.

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PY0549 -

Social and Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about core theories and approaches used, and issues in social and developmental psychology and psychopathology. The relationship between psychopathology, society and development will be explored by focusing on context and culture. In addition you will learn about different methods and approaches used to investigate and report problems from a social, developmental and psychopathological perspective, and relate theory to practice by providing you with knowledge of different research techniques.

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PY0550 -

Psychology Study Abroad Year (Optional,0 Credits)

The Study Abroad Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a study abroad year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad Module and on your degree certificate in the following format – e.g. “BSc (Hon) Psychology (with Study Abroad Year)”.

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CR6001 -

Concepts and Patterns of Organised Crime (Optional,20 Credits)

This module will introduce and critically explore the manifestation of organised criminal activities that have embedded themselves within an increasingly globalised political economy, whilst not ignoring the essentially localised functions of indigenous enterprise crime. In order to explore the concepts and patterns of organised crime an inter-disciplinary social scientific approach will be adopted that critically evaluates the historical, criminological and sociological approaches upon the assessment of organised criminal activities.

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CR6002 -

Contemporary Policing and Security (Optional,20 Credits)

From being a relatively marginal political issue, modern policing and security has risen rapidly up the social and political agendas of western societies. As inequalities have increased, so the actual and perceived risks of crime and other social ills have grown rapidly for all sections of society: the management of crime has become a central concern.

In this module you will develop your critical understanding, analysis and interpretation of the key themes, theories, issues and political debates concerning the development and contemporary nature of modern policing and the delivery of security in England and Wales. Where appropriate, you will be directed to comparative material from other countries and our discussions will draw upon these comparative dimensions to contemporary policing and security.

Given the ‘contemporary’ nature of this module and the continually evolving nature of policing and security, the content of this module is revised each year. Examples of topics covered in previous years include:
• The changing role and function of the police
• Policing and Mental Health
• Terrorism and Insecurity
• Technology, Surveillance and Society
• Policing Globalisation
• Victimology and Policing
• Conducting Research in Policing and Security Settings

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CR6003 -

Crime and Society in Newcastle and Amsterdam (Optional,20 Credits)

On this cutting edge module you will explore two important cities – Newcastle and Amsterdam – to compare and contrast key criminological and sociological issues in both places. The module offers important insights into the city in which you study (Newcastle) and a city that is often featured in the media and academic literature, often portrayed as an innovative, liberal, if controversial, city from which other cities might learn lessons from (Amsterdam). On the module you will consider a number of important issues such as the way in which both cities have developed and evolved; the relations between both cities; the way crime and society operates in both cities; and how crime and other social issues are governed. A key part of the module is the Amsterdam fieldtrip where you visit Amsterdam, be taken on tours of the city, and conduct small group fieldwork on an important issue in the city (for instance, sex work, drugs, policing, the night-time economy, urban regeneration and gentrification, cycling), and consider whether Newcastle should emulate ‘Amsterdam-style’ policies.

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CR6005 -

Doing Time: The Prison Experience (Optional,20 Credits)

In this module you will get the opportunity to address a range of issues and ethical dilemmas that derive from the 'real world' of applied methods and strategies of penal intervention. Considerations of class, gender and ethnicity constitute key aspects of the conceptual framework and the principles of 'security, control and justice' are critically examined in the operational context.

The module will encourage you to pay particular attention to the diversity of experience, response and adaptation of those subjected to the varied sanctions within the penal system. Power imbalance and the relationships of authority, discipline and coercion are central issues within the overall perspective. Important areas included for discussion and debate are: young people, foreign national and ethnic minority prisoners, life-sentence prisoners; the treatment of vulnerable prisoners and mentally disordered offenders in penal and other 'controlling' institutions. Human Rights legislation in the prison context will also be critically analysed


The lecture programme will introduce you to topics and the seminars will provide opportunities to take forward discussion in depth. Assessment is by a 4,000 word project which is based upon a particular type of prison (100%). You will be able to choose from a number of different types of prisons and to demonstrate how their chosen prison type reflects on the wider question of the relationship between the prison and the prisoner experience.

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CR6006 -

Green Crime (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn about the emerging and competing perspectives and frameworks regarding the neglected topic of crimes and harms against the environment. In a module offered at very few universities, you are introduced to the philosophies and perspectives of Green Criminology. You will develop skills that enable you to critically analyse notions of crime and harm, and social and ecological justice in relation to deforestation, wildlife, pollution, and many other areas that pertain to green and environmental crime and victimisation. While honing verbal and written skills, this module will give you the working knowledge to discuss the type, scope, and impacts of green crimes and harms and how this is different from street and ‘traditional’ volume crimes. This module provides a fresh new area of criminological scholarship which you will contribute to in discussion and debate with the module tutors and fellow students - examining crime from new and cutting edge perspectives.

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CR6007 -

Mentally Disordered Offenders (Optional,20 Credits)

Mentally disordered offenders: “mad, bad and dangerous to know”? During this module you will begin to explore who ‘they’ are, what ‘they’ do, why we are afraid of ‘them’, how we identify ‘them’ and what we are doing about ‘them’.
You will learn about and critique mentally disordered offender theory and practice, including: developing a critical understanding to the concept of ‘mentally disordered offenders’; the links between mental disorder and crime; the links between the mass media and the public in the development of the concept of the ‘dangerous offender’; the development of Forensic Psychiatry and its impact on the concept of ‘risk’ and ‘risk assessment’; and a critical assessment of the impact of policy developments on approaches to the care and/or control of mentally disordered offenders.

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CR6008 -

Restoration, Rehabilitation and Desistance (Optional,20 Credits)

Do children who break the law always turn into adult offenders? What might help someone change their behaviour? Is it always the impact of a criminal justice intervention that makes someone desist from crime? This module will look at all of these questions.

The first part will track the nature and complexity of criminal careers. It will demonstrate different ways in which offenders come to be engaged in crime and the extent to which starting early is a predictor of a criminal career. After considering the different ways in which criminal careers are sustained and developed, you will look at the interventions criminal justice and aligned organisations put in place to change offenders’ behaviour.

We will investigate forms of restorative justice and reparation, and question whether, and how, they might fit within different criminal justice systems around the world. For example, what might the role of ‘circles of support’ be in a risk adverse society? The module will also look at whether some activities in prison might have a role in desistance after release. For example are creative, artistic, spiritual and sporting activities a hook for changing offending behaviour after release?

Throughout the module we will consider UK and international criminal justice practice, and question the impact of social, political and cultural contexts of restoration, rehabilitation and desistance. You will be encouraged to explore all of these elements from cultural and critical criminological perspectives.

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Neuropsychology and Cognitive Science (Core,20 Credits)

The module is designed to introduce you to theory and empirical research into the study of neuropsychology and advanced cognitive science.

You will learn how traditional behavioural methods and neuroscience methodologies can be used in tandem to explore key issues and concepts . You will learn to consider and evaluate theory and develop an understanding of the strength and weaknesses of a variety of methodologies. Importantly, you will explore and develop knowledge related to the application of neuropsychological and cognitive research to a range of psychological processes.

For the neuropsychology component the module will sample from the following topics: neuroimaging, face and object recognition, emotion processing, hemispheric lateralisation, attention deficits, language disorders and developmental neuropsychology. For the cognitive component the module will sample from the following topics: methods of studying cognition, language learning andcomprehension, social cognition, concepts and categorisation, reasoning, decision making, cognitive modelling and musical cognition.

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PY0662 -

Mental Health Difficulties and Therapeutic Approaches (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will develop a critical understanding of the theoretical underpinning, research base and effectiveness of a range of mental health and psychological difficulties along with associated treatment and therapeutic approaches. In addition you will learn about, discuss and evaluate the diagnostic factors, aetiology, prognosis and factors influencing the outcome of several mental health difficulties, including anxiety, personality, mood and thought disorders. You will explore the conceptual and historical issues surrounding the topic of mental health and how the field has changed over time, and learn how to discuss and evaluate studies that have had a particular impact on the direction of theory, research and therapeutic applications.

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Psychology Project (Core,40 Credits)

On this module you will individually conceptualise, plan and execute an original piece of research. You will, through reading, understanding and critically appraising relevant psychological literature, formulate and operationalise a research question, and select and implement research methodologies and statistical techniques appropriate for answering your research question. You will also have the opportunity to disseminate your research findings via presentation at an undergraduate conference. You will, as part of applying for ethical approval for your proposed research, consider relevant ethical issues associated with your research, and you will highlight ways of addressing these issues. The module will allow you to develop a range of generic skills such as effective use of computers (i.e., for data entry, analysis and word processing), effective oral and written communication skills, evidence based reasoning and problem solving, self management and time keeping, as well as liaising and engaging in dialogue with other people related to your research (e.g., your supervisor and, where necessary, outside organisations).

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Intimate Partner Violence (Optional,20 Credits)

The module provides a critical analysis of contemporary debates about intimate partner violence. Its focus is primarily the UK, with some consideration of the situation in the USA and other countries. On the module, we will draw primarily on sociological analysis, with some consideration of other disciplines (such as criminology and psychology). We will examine theoretical explanations of intimate partner violence in sociology, the policy and legal responses to it, and the social movement that has developed in response to it. You will gain an understanding of the sociological aspects of intimate partner, and the policy and activist responses to it, including relevant methodological issues.

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