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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Crime & Psychology
Module Code PSYC409
School 37
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Liz McLoughlin
Semester 2: Liz McLoughlin
Autumn: Liz McLoughlin
Module TeachersLiz McLoughlin
Eoin Brown
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to provide students with core knowledge and understanding of approaches to explaining criminal behaviour and its impact upon individuals and society. Moreover, it will give an account of psychological factors that help explain crime at both a general level and in terms of specific offences. It looks at how crime commission, crime detection and crime reduction are influenced by psychological factors.

Learning Outcomes

1. 1. Critically evaluate psychological factors in the explanation of crime
2. 2. Formulate and evaluate explanations of criminality in different groups of offenders.
3. 3. Appreciate how psychological principles can be used to understand and reduce crime
4. 4. Outline the impact of criminal behaviour on victims of crime
5. Produce a substantive piece of relevant academic writing, that clearly demonstrates mastery of knowledge, understanding and critical reasoning.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Tutorial6Student Directed Tutorials
Independent Study95including preparation of position paper, tutorial presentations and exam preparation
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

The Causes of Crime
Psychological approaches to understanding crime Theories of offending Effects of interpersonal crime on victims

Investigating crime
Eyewitness evidence Interviewing vulnerable witnesses Interviewing suspects Intimate partner violence and stalking

Dealing with Offenders
Crime and Punishment – does it work? Risk assessment and offender programmes Interventions with high risk offenders Offender rehabilitation

Crime and Offecnce Typology & Classification
Serious Crime including homicide, sexual offences and arson

Mental Health & Crime
Population of mentally ill incarcerated National and international trends Psychopathic offenders: diagnosis and treatment, Population of mentally ill incarcerated, National and international trends

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
ParticipationStudents will prepare a position paper on criminality in different groups of offenders50%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Davies, G., Hollin, C. & Bull: 2012, Forensic Psychology, Chichester: Wiley, 9781119998921
  • D.A. Andrews, James Bonta,: 2010, The Psychology of Criminal Conduct, Fifth Edition, 9781422463291
  • Curt R. Bartol (Editor), Anne M. Bartol (Editor): 2011, Current Perspectives in Forensic Psychology and Criminal Behavior, 9781412992442
  • Curt R. Bartol, Anne M. Bartol,: 2011, Introduction to Forensic Psychology, 9781412991759
  • James McGuire: 2004, Understanding psychology and crime, 9780335211197
  • edited by Clive R. Hollin: 2004, The essential handbook of offender assessment and treatment, 9780470854365
  • Craig, Gannon & Dixon: 2013, What works in offender rehabilitation: an evidence based approach to treatment and assessment, Chichester: Wiley, 9781119974567
  • Chamberlain, J.: 2012, Understanding criminological research, Sage, 9781446208588
  • Eastin, M.: 2013, encyclopedia of media violence, Sage, 9781412936859
  • Gary Paul Green, Anna Haines: 0, Asset building & community development, Thousand Oaks, Calif. ; Sage Publications, c2002., 9780761922634
  • Phyllis B. Gerstenfeld.: 0, Hate crimes, Thousand Oaks; Sage Publications, 9781452256627
  • Ronald M. Holmes: 0, Profiling Violent Crimes, Sage Pubns, 9781412959988
  • 0: When crime waves, Sage, 2005, 288477
  • 0: A Psychologist's Casebook of Crime, Palgrave Macmillan, 288, 288478
  • 0: Evolutionary forensic psychology, Oxford ; Oxford University Press, 2008., 288479
  • 0: Discovery of hidden crime, Oxford [Oxfordshire]; Oxford University Press, 288480
  • 0: The Oxford Handbook of Crime Prevention, Oxford University Press, USA, 560, 288481
  • 0: Forensic psychology, Oxford ; Oxford University Press, 2010.,
Other Resources

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