Introduction to Criminal Psychology

Understand the Forensic Psychology of the Criminal Mind

Have you ever watched Criminal Minds or CSI and wondered about the science behind some of the issues they touch on? Are you interested in the darker side of human psychology? Do you struggle to understand why some people might break the law when they have legitimate alternatives? If so, this Introduction to Criminal Psychology course is made with you in mind!

What you’ll learn

  • Understand different ways of studying human psychology..
  • Think critically about the causes of criminal behaviour..
  • Appreciate that criminals may have particular psychological make ups that lead them to break the law..

Course Content

  • Course Introduction –> 2 lectures • 2min.
  • Developmental Theories of Criminal Behaviour –> 2 lectures • 11min.
  • Cognitive Theories of Criminal Behaviour –> 4 lectures • 20min.
  • Social Theories of Criminal Behaviour –> 3 lectures • 19min.
  • Course Conclusions –> 1 lecture • 1min.

Introduction to Criminal Psychology

Requirements

Have you ever watched Criminal Minds or CSI and wondered about the science behind some of the issues they touch on? Are you interested in the darker side of human psychology? Do you struggle to understand why some people might break the law when they have legitimate alternatives? If so, this Introduction to Criminal Psychology course is made with you in mind!

In this course, you will:

  • Learn about how psychological theories have been used to understand criminal behaviour
  • Consider the developmental trajectories of people who break the law
  • Appreciate how criminals may process information differently to non-criminals
  • Think about how social conditions contribute to law-breaking

 

This course gives you what you need to know to understand the core psychology of criminal behaviour. You will be learning all of this from an expert in this field. I am a university-based forensic psychology lecturer, an active research psychologist, and have published academic papers in the area of social and forensic psychology.

I hope you enjoy the course, and will be happy to answer an questions you have about the content.

Welcome aboard!

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