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Certificate of Criminology and Forensic Psychology


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

Whatever your career goal, this criminology and forensic psychology course will develop your knowledge of the fundamental principles of this exciting, intriguing and rewarding field.

The Certificate of Criminology and Forensic Psychology is an online professional development course designed to give graduates the knowledge and skills required to embark on a career in criminology or forensic psychology or to enhance current employment opportunities.

This online criminology and forensic psychology course you will equip you for employment throughout the criminal justice system, including the police force or legal services. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of criminology and forensic psychology and gain a solid foundation for further studies in this field.

You will discover the fundamentals of criminology and forensic psychology, including crime, criminal profiling, serial killing, eyewitness memory, fitness to stand trial, interviewing, interrogation, confessions, exploring causes behind criminal and deviant behaviour and the core theories and issues in criminology and forensic psychology.

On completion of this course, you will gain the confidence to strive for promotional opportunities and further your professional career in criminology and forensic psychology.

Course Structure

Unit 1: Criminology

  • What is Criminology?
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Functionalism
  • Interactionalism
  • Marxism
  • Feminism
  • Norms, Mores, Folkways and Laws
  • What is Crime?
  • Elements of Crime
  • The Ecology of Crime
  • Crime Prevention
  • Types of Crime Prevention
  • Legal Classification of Crimes
  • Organised Crimes and Unorganised Crimes
  • Causes of Crime
  • The Classical School of Criminology
  • The Theory of Punishment
  • The Positivist Principle
  • Classification of Criminals
  • Critical School of Criminology
  • Sociological Approach to Crimes
  • Theories of the Sub-Culture
  • The New Criminology
  • Labelling Theory
  • Classification of Crimes
  • Patterns and Trends of Crimes
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Categories of Offence
  • The Profile of Criminals
  • Victims of Crimes
  • Biographies
  • Theory
  • Classical Theory
  • Critiques of Classical Theory
  • Neoclassical Theory
  • Positivist Criminology
  • Biological Theories
  • Post-Lombrosian Researchers
  • Psychological Theories
  • Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Sociological Theories of Crime
  • Learning Theories
  • Social Control or Bond Theories
  • Criminal Offences
  • What is Terrorism?
  • Australian Court System
  • Correctional Institutions
  • Serial killing
  • Crime and psychiatry
  • Police profiling
  • Criminal profiles
  • Famous cases

Unit 2: Forensic Psychology

  • Introduction To Forensic Psychology
  • Media Hype Vs. Reality
  • The Roles Of Forensic Psychologist
  • Careers In Forensic Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology Versus Forensic Psychiatry
  • The Relationship Between Psychology And Law
  • The History Of Forensic Psychology
  • Forensics
  • Theories Of Crime
  • Biological Theories Of Crime
  • Sociological Theories Of Crime
  • Forensic Psychology And Policing
  • Violent Criminals
  • Offenders With Low IQ
  • Risk Assessment
  • Investigative Psychology
  • Psychology and Profiling
  • Criminal Profiling
  • Geographic Profiling
  • Goals Of Geographic Profiling
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Psychological Autopsy
  • Limits Of Profiling And Psychological Autopsy
  • Psychological Models Of Violence
  • The Psychodynamic Perspective
  • Behavioural Theories
  • Cognitive Development And Violence
  • Personality And Violence
  • Psychopathy And Violence
  • Intelligence And Violence
  • Psychologist As Expert Witness
  • Eye Witness Testimony
  • Eye Witness Memory
  • The Psychology Of Confessions
  • False Confessions
  • Forensic Psychologists
  • Legal Psychology
  • Fitness To Stand Trial
  • Police Lineups
  • Police Interviews
  • Interrogation Techniques
  • Detecting Deceit
  • Predicting Offending Behaviours


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.


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Certificate Course



  • Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
  • Improve your employment opportunities;
  • Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
  • High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
  • No entry requirements;
  • All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
  • Unlimited tutor support;
  • Easy to understand course content;
  • Unlimited enrolment with no expiry;
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.

Career Pathways

Future growth




Professional Development For:-

  • Correctional Officers/Personnel
  • Police Officers
  • Criminal Justice Personnel

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