This course responds to a major concern of any society: criminal behaviour. It looks at how resources are employed in detecting, preventing and understanding criminal behaviour and in prosecuting criminals and detaining them. It also investigates the psychology and motivations at work behind criminal behaviour.
The curriculum of this course highlights both general psychology as well as aspects of psychology that are relevant to understanding an individual’s development from childhood through to adolescence and maturity. You will also explore the theory supporting and predicting behaviour in groups. Alongside your enhanced subject knowledge, you will acquire improved study skills, teamwork skills and time management. There will be a Personal Development Planning component to this group, during which you will reflect on your own performance and learning.
This Foundation Degree allows participants to maintain employment while they study. Following the Foundation Degree, you will be able to progress directly onto the BA Hons Psychological Studies programme, or seek professional employment in relevant fields such as police and community work.
The course deals with the very important topic of criminal behaviour and how psychology can be used to explain it while providing you with a wide range of academic and work-related skills valuable to your personal development, academic progression and future employment.
The course aims to provide you with an appreciation of the various theories and perspectives in psychology, particularly in relation to criminal behaviour and includes core areas of psychology along with coverage of the justice system, criminological theories and their application to case studies.
The specific aims are to:
- provide you with a critical understanding of the well-established principles and issues, empirical methods and findings in psychology and criminology and their application to society;
- foster your ability to apply those underlying concepts in an employment context;
- equip you with knowledge of the main methods of enquiry in psychology and help you to evaluate critically the appropriateness of different approaches to solving social problems relating to criminal behaviour;
- enable you to reach your personal potential by enhancing your knowledge, key transferable skills and self-awareness through the development of critical enquiry, evaluation and analysis.