How do social divisions affect people’s experience of criminal justice? In this introduction to crime and deviance you will explore the workings of the criminal justice system. Examine responses to criminal behaviour in the context of both law and economics while building valuable transferable skills in research, critical thinking and communication.
This British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited award covers core areas of social, biological, cognitive, developmental psychology as well as a range of exciting options as you apply psychological and criminological theory and research methods to your understanding of criminality investigation, management, treatment and prevention.
WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
- Learn about individual differences, psychological theories of criminal behaviour, the criminal justice system, assessment and treatment of offenders, social and developmental theories of criminal behaviour
- Study why offenders offend; current issues in crime and justice – up-to-date responses to offending; biological psychology and neuropsychology; problem-solving and reasoning; and cognitive social and developmental psychology with researchers and practitioners who lead their field
- Develop your ability to apply psychological and criminological theory and research methods to the understanding of criminality, its consequences, investigation, management, treatment and prevention
- Gain a thorough understanding of the workings of the criminal justice system and the responses to behaviour labelled as criminal
- Explore your own interests through a research project
- Benefit from a degree accredited by the British Psychological Society
Graduates from this course who achieve a Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society are eligible to apply to study any psychology at post-graduate level. Graduates will also have the option of pursuing postgraduate study in the areas of criminology, victimology and criminal justice. Typically students opt for an accredited Forensic MSc programme,
Other career routes taken by former graduates include; undertaking a PhD (an apprenticeship in research), working in both officer and staff roles with the police (e.g. Witness Care Officer, Crime Reduction Adviser, Antisocial Behaviour Officer, Hate Crime Officer), research roles with the Ministry of Justice, and client facing roles in youth offending, probation, prison, mental health, Women’s Aid, etc.