There are many different theories when it comes to the origins of criminal behaviour. And understanding them can give you valuable insights into the thoughts and behaviours of people who cross the boundaries of what is considered acceptable in today’s society. This course is ideal for welfare officers, youth workers, counsellors, psychologists, support workers, and those in the legal, security and crime prevention professions.
The Certificate of Criminal Psychologyis an online program that will develop your understanding of criminal psychology and how psychology is used in law enforcement and crime prevention.
In this professional development course, you will learn about learning disabilities and crime, mental disorders and crime and the scope and nature of psychopathology.
You will also study gender and crime, youth and crime, and how psychology can affect interactions with the police, in the courtroom and in crime prevention.
On completion of this course, you will have gained a strong understanding of criminal psychology, which will help you navigate and support the complex nature of your fellow human beings.
Unit 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
Unit 2 - Psychological approaches to understanding crime
Biological explanations of crime
XYY chromosome model
Environmental explanations of crime
Rational choice theory
Unit 3 - Psychology and understanding serious crimes
Types of aggression
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
False stalking syndrome
Unit 4 - Mental disorder and crime 1 - learning disabilities and crime
Meaning of learning disabilities
Crime and intelligence
Modern intelligence testing
Learning disabilities and crime
Sex offences and people with learning disabilities
Unit 5 - Mental disorder and crime 2 - psychopathy
Scope and nature of psychopathology
How do people become psychopaths
Unit 6 - Gender and crime
Scope and nature of gender and crime studies
Rates of crime
Murder and violence
Case study … Women offenders
Unit 7 - Youth and crime
Age of criminal responsibility
Mental health risk
ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)
Cumulative affect of risk factors
Prevalence and offending
Young people as victims
Unit 8 - Psychology and the Police
Social construction of reported crime
Schemas and EWT
Police line ups
Every day uses of psychology by police
Unit 9 - Psychology in the courtroom
The primacy effect
Schemas and social perception
Social inference and decision making
Psychology and the law
Unit 10 - Psychology and crime prevention
Types of punishment
History of punishment
Reasons for punishment
Punishment and impartiality
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In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
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C. Miller, Hawthorn, VIC | Certificate of Criminal Psychology
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How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
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I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
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