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ACE2469 The Criminal Mind: An Introduction to Criminal and Forensic Psychology (online only)

Started 8 Feb 2024

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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 Practicalities:


Classes will be delivered online on Thursday evenings 7-9pm for ten weeks from 8th of February to 11th of April 2024.

Online delivery only over Microsoft Teams


Closing date for applications: Monday 29th of January 2024.



Course Content:


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 Eliana Monteiro


Entry Requirements:

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

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Please note our refund policy as follows:
100% refund  if student cancels before course commencement
100% refund if student's course is cancelled due to insufficient numbers. 
If the student cancels after the first week of the course - full refund minus €50 processing fee 
If the student cancels after the second week of the course - no refund