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ACE2210 The Criminal Mind: An Introduction to Criminal and Forensic Psychology is a Course

ACE2210 The Criminal Mind: An Introduction to Criminal and Forensic Psychology

Ended Dec 1, 2021

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Full course description

Course Overview

This course will be of interest to anyone from novices to professionals who has an interest in violent and criminal behaviour. Over 10 weeks the course will consider the criminal mind from a psychological perspective by addressing the various theories presented by criminology and forensic psychology. Participants will gain an understanding and insight into the relationship between psychology and crime by considering the deviant behaviours of child molesters, pedophiles, rapists and murderers.


Course Schedule 


Classes will be delivered online on Wednesdays 7-9pm for ten weeks from 29 September to 1 December.


Week 1: Introduction to Violent, Criminal and Deviant Behaviour
Week 2: Understanding Mental Disorders and Criminal Behaviour
Week 3: Understanding Personality and Disorders of Personality
Week 4: Psychopathy and Psychopaths
Week 5: The Crime of Rape, Rapists and the Irish Legal System
Week 6: Paedophiles and Child Molesters
Week 7: A Special Look at Female Sexual Abusers
Week 8: The Psychology of Stalking and Harassment
Week 9: The Psychology of Serial Killers and Mass Murderers
Week 10: Investigating Crime using Behavioural Investigative Advice

Course Lecturers

Dr. Ciara Staunton and Dr. Sharon Lambert

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be at least 18 years old at course commencement.


Short courses are not assessed. Students will receive a UCC Certificate of Attendance upon completion.

Closing Date for Application

Friday 17 September

Contact Details for Further Information

Regina Sexton, Phone: 021-4904700, Email: